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Extracting Metals with Displacement

Extracting Metals with Displacement | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered how to extract metals from ore? In this project, you'll learn how to use displacement reactions to extract metals from ore. You'll use different metals and compounds to observe which metals are more reactive and which are less reactive.


The hypothesis is that more reactive metals will displace the salt compound attached to less reactive metals.

Method & Materials

You will mark 6 beakers with the names of the solutions, place metal pieces in a spotting tile, add a few drops of the compound solution to the metal pieces, and observe for any chemical reaction.
You will need 6 beakers, 6 spatulas, small metal pieces of copper, magnesium, iron, lead, silver, and zinc, a solution of copper sulfide, magnesium sulfide, iron chloride, lead chloride, silver nitrate, and zinc sulfite, 1 spotting tile, 6 syringes, and 1 marker pen.


The results show that the more reactive metals have more chemical reactions than the less reactive metals. This proves that the hypothesis is true.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it teaches students how to extract metals from ore using displacement reactions.

Also Consider

Experiment variations include using other metals like aluminum and tin, or changing the concentration of the diluted compounds.

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