Activity Series of Metals Computer Simulation Metals in Aqueous Solution CSS/JAVA

Metals in Aqueous Solution Activity Series of Metals Computer Simulation

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©2021 ACS American Association of Chemistry Teachers  Authors: Thomas Greenbowe Univeristy of Oregon, John Gelder Oklahoma State University, Adam Boyd AACT, Monica Wixon AACT

Select various metals to test in aqueous HCl.  Build an activity series of metals based upon observations of whether or not a metal reacts with aqueous HCl solution.  Option to view a computer animation at the particle level of the interaction of the metal with the H+ion .  Based on observations, write the the oxidation-reduction half-reactions.

In this activity, students will run simulated tests of various metals in aqueous solutions to determine the relative reactivity of these metals. A total of eight metals will be observed in various combinations with the corresponding metal nitrate solutions and hydrochloric acid. Students will interpret the data collected to construct an activity series of the elements used in this simulation (AACT, 2021).



OLD  FLASH-based computer simulation developed by Tom Greenbowe and his chemistry education research group.

The "aqueous .swf " file available on the right menu has the full activity series of metals computer simulation involving the following metals with HCl(aq): Ag, Cu, Fe, Mg, Ni, Pb, Sn, Zn. Choose Activity 1, then choose Activity 4 to navigate to the metals + hydrochloric acid section.

Second option.  This file has the activity series of metals.  Activity 4 in this program has an abbreviated set of metals with HCl(aq).

©2010 Greenbowe  Chemistry Education Instructional Resources.

Thee is a guided-inquiry worksheet to accompany this computer simulation.  Download the file in the menu.


If you are a chemistry instructor (high school, AP Chemistry, or college) please switch to the new ACS AACTCSS/JAVA simulation.

If youi are using this computer simulation in your chemistry classroom, please consider being a dues paying maember of the Amereican Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) and making a voluntary donation to the University of Oregon Foundation "Chemistry Achievement Endowment Fund".  Because Flash is no longer be supported by browsers, we need funding to convert tother old FLASH based simulations to a HTML5 or CSS/JAVA based computer code.  There is a letter explaining the situation and a "donate" link on the home page of this "chemdemos" web site and on TG's UO web page:

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