Lemon Power: Electricity from acids and fruits
Question: Can the acids in lemons and other fruits register electricity to a voltmeter?
Hypothesis: I think a lemon and other fruit can register electricity. The acids produce electricity. This will happen from a chemical reaction with the acid and two metal electrodes, forming a full circuit.
1. Gather materials
2. Wrap wire around nails[negative elctrode] and pennies[positive electrode]
3. Stick nail in fruit. This is now your negative electrode.
4. Cut slits in fruit for penny
5.Stick penny in fruit. This is now your positive electrode.
6.Insert wire to voltmeter. You should get a charge of 0.80-0.95 volts. If not try again with another fruit.
7.Record data and form conclusion
8. You can try again with a different fruit! Just redo the steps as you did with the first fruit you picked.
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The Science behind it
When the acids react with the 2 metals, it makes a positive and negative. Your zinc electrode is positive, and copper is negative. The acids in the lemon are similar to a battery. Do you know why they call Duracell " The Copper Top battery"? That is because it is similar to ours. They use copper as a negative metal in their battery.
I accept my hypothesis. Acids in some fruits, mainly citrus, can produce enough power to register a circuit.
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