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In this activity, students investigate the reaction between copper and oxygen and watch a demonstration of the rapid reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe the chemical reaction between copper and oxygen
  • explain how reaction conditions can affect the rate of a chemical reaction
  • write balanced chemical equations for the copper-oxygen and hydrogen-oxygen reactions
  • explain how copper sheeting used in building construction weathers.

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  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do.
    Published 30 October 2009, Updated 22 November 2013 Referencing Hub articles