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Penny Experiment: Possible to deform a penny?



2002

Is there any possible way to bend or disform a piece of copper, or a penny?And from a previous reply about pennies will whiskey,rubbing alcohol,vinegar,lemon juice,vegetable oil,and shampoo make copper or pennies rust faster or corrode faster?And are they the only substances that will do so?

I await your answer. And I hope that I wasn't pestering you at all.

Sincerely,

Sandy C [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Wtloo, Ontario, Canada


2002

Hi, Sandy. You are not pestering. But there is a problem: you are expected to seriously commit your mind to your homework. Don't you think your first question is a bit silly if you seriously thought about it like you are supposed to? You are wondering if there is any way in the world to "bend or disform a penny or a piece of copper? Do you seriously believe that a hammer, a drill, a file, sandpaper, a blowtorch, and a jackhammer would just bounce helplessly off of a penny to no effect?  :-)

When you go to an arcade machine that asks you to put a penny in and watch it be rolled into a commemorative design, do you think the machine employs sleight-of-hand or mind tricks because it isn't really possible to deform a penny?

Please put pennies in little cups of whiskey (with your parents' permission), rubbing alcohol, vinegar, lemon juice, vegetable oil, and shampoo for a week and see what happens. While you're at it, put some in water, coke, and ketchup to see if any other substances will make pennies corrode faster. Good luck!

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