Lecture Demos: Electricity and Magnetism, 5E40.20

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Voltaic Cell

 Voltaic Cell

A voltaic cell is made with copper and zinc electrodes in a sulfuric acid solution.

PIRA Code(s): 
5E40.20
Set up time: 
1 minute
Physics and Science Concepts: 
Electromotive Force and Current
Operation: 
Pour sulfuric acid into the glass container. Wait 5 minutes for the reaction to take place between the dissimilar metals. Place the voltmeter on the overhead and display the voltage generated in the cell.
Safety: 
Be careful around acid. Gloves and goggles should be worn when handling acid.

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