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Help me remember an old science project
I was working with my niece on figuring out a cool science project. And I remembered one I did in High school that destroyed a penny (made the penny very thin). We soaked the penny in a substance and now I can't remember what it was. What chemical, house hold product...etc.. what will actually make a penny so thin that it can crumble. I would really want this as a project for my niece.
- Hialeah, Florida, USA
I haven't done that experiment, but Muriatic Acid [affil link] will dissolve the zinc core of a penny, and leave behind the copper plating, as will lye (Drano [affil link]). I don't know which one will work best, but both are quite dangerous to fool around with.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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