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Which metallic container is suitable to store copper sulfate solution?


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Copper Sulfate (CuSO4):

  • It is an inorganic compound
  • Different metals have the ability to remove copper from its own solution.
  • A metal that is placed higher in the reactivity series than another metal might attack the later metal by displacing it and taking its position in the solution.
  • Taking Zinc (Zn) as an example, because it lies above copper, the following reaction takes place between zinc and copper sulfate:
  • Zn(s)+CuSO4(aq)ZnSO4(aq)+Cu(s).
  • Therefore, copper sulfate (CuSO4) cannot be stored in containers composed of metals such as Calcium(Ca), Magnesium(Mg), Zinc(Zn), and Nickel(Ni), among others.
  • Copper sulfate (CuSO4) solution can be kept in a suitable metallic container made of Silver (Ag)) since this metal doesn't damage copper or pull it away from its salt solution.

Final Answer:

Silver (Ag) is a suitable metallic container to store Copper sulfate(CuSO4).


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