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Determining the Copper Content in Brass


Brass is an interesting metal that has a wide variety of uses. It is a good example of how elements can be combined to produce a new solid substance with a collection of properties that take advantage of the best, or desired, properties of the individual elements.

Brass is a member of the family of solid substances called alloys. An alloy, simply put, is a mixture of two or more solid elements. A mixture of molten copper and zinc is the simplest form of brass. Commercial forms of brass may also contain small amounts of other elements.


The objective of this investigation is to determine how much copper is in a sample of brass. By treating a brass sample with nitric acid, the neutral atoms will be converted to ionic form, which allows for easier analysis.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

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Vernier Chemistry Investigations for Use with AP* Chemistry

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Investigating Food Dyes in Sports Beverages
2Determining the Copper Content in Brass
3Investigating Water Hardness
4The Acidity of Juice and Soft Drinks
5Separating Molecules
6Identifying an Unknown Substance
7Investigating the Purity of a Mixture
8Determining the Percent Peroxide in a Commercial Product
9Investigating the Components of a Commercial Tablet
10The Effect of Acid Rain on a Marble Structure
11Investigating the Kinetics of a Crystal Violet Reaction
12Investigating Commercial Hand Warmers
13Investigating LeChatelier’s Principle
14Investigating Acid-Base Titrations
15The Buffering Ability of Commercial Products
16Testing the Effectiveness of a Buffer

Experiment 2 from Vernier Chemistry Investigations for Use with AP* Chemistry Lab Book

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