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Electrolysis Virtual Lab

Experiment with electrolytic cells in a lab on Mars! Assemble different electrolytic cells so you can make hydrogen fuel for your Mars rover, and give mini Dr. One a new gold coating.

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About this Simulation

Welcome to Mars! In this simulation, you will learn how to assemble an electrolytic cell and modify it for different applications. Start by building a simple electrolytic cell, and then learn about the reactions that take place during electrolysis. Apply your knowledge, to modify the electrolytic cell to make fuel for a Mars rover, and to give mini Dr. One a new gold coating. 

Assemble an electrolytic cell

You have arrived on Mars and are excited to explore! But before you can set off, you find out your Mars rover needs fuel, and mini Dr. One needs a new metal coating. Luckily, this lab contains everything you need to assemble an electrolytic cell, including a handy schematic! The simple electrolytic cell you build can be modified for a variety of applications: including producing chemicals, and coating objects in metal

Discover how electrolysis works

In order for you to modify the electrolytic cell you built, you need to find out how electrolysis works. Dive into an interactive animation, where you will learn the function of the electrolytic cell components, and discover the chemical reactions that occur at each electrode. Return to the Mars lab, where you will test and apply your electrolysis knowledge.

Make hydrogen fuel for your Mars rover

Experiment with the components available to build two different electrolytic cells: one that makes hydrogen fuel, and another that can coat mini Dr. One in gold. Test your knowledge of each component by interacting with a schematic of an electrolytic cell. Can you get the rover, and mini Dr. One ready to explore Mars?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Assemble electrolytic cell apparatus and describe the function of each component

  • Identify the reactions occurring at the anode and cathode of electrolytic cells

  • Describe the industrial utility of electrolytic techniques

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Electrolysis

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