Materials List: Redox Battery Lab

Each group needs:

  • Brownlee electrolysis apparatus, such as these available at Amazon; prices vary, $30+
  • baking soda (or vinegar), as an electrolyte (perhaps two or three teaspoons of baking soda)
  • 2 platinum electrodes with fitted rubber stoppers, such as two for $56 from Fisher
  • solar panel (or battery eliminator), such as this medium 6V 2W solar panel for $35 from Adafruit
  • multimeter or voltage meter
  • Redox Reactions and Alternate Energy Solutions Handout, one per student
  • safety glasses or goggles, one pair per student

To share with the entire class:

  • electrolysis setup for class demonstration
  • matches
  • safety glasses or goggles
  • distilled water
  • (optional) AA battery