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Copper sulfate and zinc battery

1) Components of copper sulfate and zinc battery

Copper sulfate and zinc battery is an example of electrochemical cell.
It consists of a copper plate and a zinc plate which play the role of electrodes and which also correspond to two terminals.
These two electrodes are immersed in an ionic solution of copper sulphate: it is said that this solution is an electrolyte.

2) Voltage

By connecting a multimeter in voltmeter mode at the terminals of the battery, we can measure a voltage of about 1 V.
This voltage is only positive when com terminal on the multimeter is connected to the zinc and the V terminal is connected to copper.
According to the rules for connecting a multimeter, it can be deduced that:
- Zinc is the negative terminal.
- Copper is the positive terminal.

Diagram of the copper sulfate battery
Diagram of the copper sulfate battery

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