Reactivity with Metals and Hydrochloric Acid Computer Simulation

Activity Series of Metals with HCl   A computer simulation

Select various metals to test in aqueous HCl.  Build an activity series of meals 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.

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.

We are working to restore a broken URL for this simulation

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.

This is an OLD  FLASH-based computer simulation developed by Tom Greenbowe and his chemistry education research group.  A new HTML5 based computer simulation of this activity is planned to be developed.

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) using this Flash-based computer simulation in your chemistry classroom, please consider making a voluntary donation to the University of Oregon Foundation "Chemistry Achievement Endowment Fund".  Because Flash will soon no longer be supported by browsers, we need funding to convert this simulation to a HTML5 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:

© Copyright 2012 Email: Randy Sullivan, University of Oregon Chemistry Department and UO Libraries Interactive Media Group