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How does solid copper in an acqueous solution of silver nitrate apply to daily life?

  1. Feb 6, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In my Chemistry lab, we made silver using copper and silver nitrate. We put a solution of silver nitrate, distilled water, and copper wire in a test tube and observed it. Then we took the copper out (the solution turned blue and the copper had crystals formed on it but we shook them off before removing the copper). We pour the solution through a funnel where the blue solution went through into a beaker and the silver that formed was caught on paper. I need to know how this could apply to daily life.


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know of an example where the grass would be copper, rain is the solution, and the dew which forms on the grass is the silver but I do not understand it. If you do and would like to explain it to me that would be great or if you have a different example, that would be great as well. Thank you!
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2012 #2

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    Re: How does solid copper in an acqueous solution of silver nitrate apply to daily li

    Sounds like a way to purify silver using copper wire.
     
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