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Which one is more reactive, Zn or Cu?
« on: July 16, 2004, 06:33:23 PM »
Reaction 1: Zn (s) + CuSO4 (aq) --> Cu (s) + ZnSO4 (aq)
Reaction 2: ZnSO4 (aq) + Cu (s) -->  no reaction

Zinc is more reactive.  In reaction 1, zinc replaced copper (II) ion to form a new compound with sulfate whereas in reaction 2, copper can not replace zinc to form new compound with sulfate. As a result, zinc is more reactive than copper.

Did I explain correctly? Any keys words I should use? Please help. Thanks

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Re:Which one is more reactive, Zn or Cu?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2004, 07:47:28 PM »
Reactive is not descriptive enough. You have to describe the reactivity. Zn is more reactive to single replacement with sulfate. than Cu is.
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Re:Which one is more reactive, Zn or Cu?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2004, 11:30:54 AM »
thanks i will add:

Zinc has a higher reactivity than copper.  :D

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