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Pennies dissolving in different acids. Why does it happen?


Hey everyone,

I am working on a science project and I need your help. I am going to do an experiment with pennies dissolving in different types of acids but my problem is that I can't find any information about this subject. I am also going to explain why it dissolves. So if you got any information about this subject please reply asap.

Thanks for your help.

Robert W.
- Mosinee, Wisconsin


Although they are plated with copper, pennies are made of zinc. The copper plating is porous and zinc readily dissolves in most acids.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

February 24, 2008

I need to know anything you can tell me about what dissolves pennies the fastest. If the liquid is available to an 11 year old, even better. I need the information by 02/25/08, please.(I'll be using this info for my science fair project)I'm in 5th grade.

Savanna M
student - Kissimmee, Fl., United States

February 25, 2008

Make sure your pennies are from after 1982 so they have a zinc core. Then fold them in half with pliers or a vice and a parent's help, and put two in Coke and two in lemon juice and two in vinegar and see what happens in a few days. Good luck.

Ted Mooney,
Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

February 28, 2008

Thanks for that help:)I need more help now!If I want to get the pennies, where do I get them? I need to get some because I don't have very many.

savanna M
student - Kissimmee,FL,US

February 28, 2008

Your neighbor three doors down on the right has a lot of pennies -- the woman with the red hair and the small black dog :-)

Seriously, Savanna, that's a question to ask your parents or teacher, not somebody who lives seven states away! I'm sure they can help.

Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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