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Copper Mining and Extraction

Kit #440S

Copper and other raw materials contribute to our technological lifestyle, but the by-products of extracting copper from ore are potential toxic wastes. In this activity, students explore the properties of copper and copper ore. They conduct two reactions used to extract and recover copper from the ore. This process introduces single and double replacement reactions. Student also consider the wastes produced by the extraction process.

Details at a Glance

  • 2-3 Days | 2-3 ~50 minute class periods
  • 2 Activities
  • Accommodates 1 class, with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 32 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP
  • Requires a water source

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Copper Mining and Extraction

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Scientific Concepts

•Chemical reactions are used to extract and recover copper from
•Chemicals such as copper and its compounds react in characteristic ways to form new substances with different properties.
•Natural resources, such as copper, are used to maintain and
improve quality of life.
•The by-products of ore processing can become potentially
toxic wastes.
•Decisions involving resource use should be made with an under-
standing of the trade-offs involved. 

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • 32 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 1 Malachite, piece
  • 1 Crushed malachite ore, container
  • 1 White scoop
  • 8 Sulfuric acid, 1M bottle
  • 8 3.25 oz. cups
  • 16 AB trays, LAB-AIDS®
  • 16 Filter funnels
  • 8 Filter paper circles, coarse
  • 16 Cups , 30-mL, graduated
  • 24 Stir sticks
  • 1 Iron powder, container
  • 16 Droppers
  • 16 Filter paper circles, Fine
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Safety glasses.

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