Featured in PASCO’s Chemistry through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Chemistry through Inquiry Teacher Guide


Features over 25 inquiry based labs covering the fundamental concepts of lab skills, structure & properties of matter, chemical reactions and more.

Electrochemical Battery

Lab Summary

Use a voltage sensor to place metal reactants in their proper order on the table of standard electrode potentials.


Experimentally place metal reactants in their proper order on the table of standard electrode potentials. Through this investigation, students:

  • Describe electricity as the flow of electrons.
  • Learn that some metals form ions easier than others, and that the ease with which ions are formed determines the amount of energy they can produce.
  • Learn that electrochemical batteries (voltaic cells, batteries) produce useable energy by separating two halves of a spontaneous chemical reaction in which the products have lower potential energy than the reactants.
  • Learn that an electrochemical battery contains two different metals, a path for ion movement,and an electrolyte solution.


Students conduct the following procedures:

  • Construct electrochemical batteries using electrolyte solutions, wires, and various metal electrodes.
  • Measure voltage produced in an electrochemical battery using different metals as the anode and copper as the cathode.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Chemistry Sensor


Allows students to measure Temperature, pH/ISE/ORP, Absolute Pressure & Voltage in one sensor. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Beaker, 50-mL - 2
Alligator clip, 1 black,1 red - 2
Wash bottle and waste container 
Thick string or yarn - 20 cm
Knife to cut fruit 
Paper towels - As needed
0.1 M Sodium chloride - 5 to 10 mL
0.1 M Hydrochloric acid - 50 mL
Copper strip 
Zinc strip 
Magnesium strip 
Nickel strip 
Iron strip 

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Chemistry Starter Sensor Bundle


A sensor bundle specifically designed to get you started using probeware in your chemistry lab. Also: perform 22 Lab Activities from Chemistry through Inquiry teacher guide.

Option 2:

Chemistry Standard Sensor Bundle


Contains the sensors and probes needed to perform all 17 experiments in the Advanced Chemistry Teacher Guide and all 25 labs in the Chemistry through Inquiry Guide.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.