Aluminium Foil

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is based on the reaction of metals with acids. Students are asked to find out which salt or ion is the best catalyst for the reaction between aluminium and dilute hydrochloric acid. Students need to work as a group to discuss the problem and decide how they are going to carry out the investigation. After the investigation students work as a group to analyse their results and provide a presentation their peers.

Some prior knowledge of the reactions of metals with acid and catalysis is needed, though not in depth as students are encouraged to consult textbooks and data books during the exercise.

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