This 5 page activity instructs students on the construction of a simple voltaic cell. Some materials including either copper nitrate or copper sulfate, zinc nitrate or zinc sulfate, a Cu metal strip, a Zn metal strip, a salt bridge, connecting wires, a voltmeter and beakers are required.
The students will be required to assess their understanding of the associated concepts in the 11 questions and labeled drawing following the lab.
The activity offers a computer simulation option allowing students to work through the basic concepts associated with voltaic cells if the materials for constructing a voltaic cell are not available.
The NGSS standards and Common Core Reading/Writing and Mathematics Standards are listed on the last page of this activity.
The zip file with this activity includes the student form of the activity in docx and pdf form, an answer key to the activity in pdf form and a download of the flash animation which is available at multiple internet sources.