Metals are often coated with a layer of zinc to prevent corrosion. Items that have been galvanized will not corrode as easily and will last much longer. Examples of galvanized items include metal buckets, pipes, and gutters. In this lab, we will attempt to remove the galvanized zinc coating from the surface of a metal and calculate the thickness of this zinc layer of atoms. The thickness of the zinc coating can be determined from (1) the mass of the metal before and after acid treatment and (2) the density of zinc.
Purpose: To measure the thickness of zinc coating on a piece of galvanized metal.
Materials: Galvanized metal piece, 10 mL of 6M hydrochloric acid, 100 mL beaker, Balance, Ruler, 10 mL graduated cylinder
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