Alcohol oxidation (observation)

Alcohol oxidation (observation)

Examining the colour of a piece of copper when exposed to heat and then ethanol vapour.

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Chemistry

Keywords

oxidation, alcohol, ethyl alcohol, copper, ethanol, copper oxide, copper wire, primary alcohol, heating, zing, oxo compound, alcohols, aldehyde, Bunsen burner, organic chemistry, experiment, chemical reaction, chemistry

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Ethanol, Copper, Pour some ethanol into a beaker and heat it with a Bunsen burner., Hold a piece of copper above the flame until its surface becomes black., Then lower the blackened piece of copper into the beaker and observe how its colour changes., Why do you think the copper has become shiny red again?
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