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Lead Storage Batteries

Figure from experiment 34 from Physical Science with Vernier

Introduction

Two or more wet or dry cells connected make a battery. A car battery is generally a lead storage battery, containing lead and lead oxide plates in sulfuric acid solution. In this experiment, you will build a lead storage cell and use a 9 V battery to charge it. You will measure the cell’s voltage and use the cell to power an electric motor.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Build a lead storage cell.
  • Use a 9 V battery to charge the cell.
  • Measure the cell's voltage before and after use.
  • Use the charged cell to power an electric motor.
  • Make conclusions using the results of the experiment.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

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Experiment 34 from Physical Science with Vernier Lab Book

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