Grade 7 Science: Matter 3Diversity of Materials in the Environment
improvised electrolysis apparatus
5% sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solution
connecting wires (black and red insulation)
9V dry cell
plastic syringes will serve as “collecting syringe”
incense or bamboo stick
Fill the sample container of the electrolysisapparatus half-full with 5% sodiumhydroxide (NaOH) solution.2.
Fill each “electrolysis syringe” with 5%
sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solution up to thezero mark. To do this, insert the tip of the
“collecting syringe” through the hole of the
plastic straw and suck out the air. Refer toFigure 2. Initially, the plunger of the
“collecting syringe” should be in the zero
will rise and fill
the “electrolysis syringe” as you pull the plunger of the “collecting syringe”.
When the solution reaches the zero mark, fold thestraw w
ith the “collecting syringe”. Refer to the figure
on the right. Repeat the procedure for the othersyringe.
Note: In case the 10mL syringe is used for sucking out the air, you may need to repeat the suction of air to fill
up the “electrolysis syringe” wit
h the basic solution.
Attach the connecting wires to the bottom tips of the stainless screws.Attach the
black wire to the negative (-) terminal of the dry cell.
Attach the red wire to the positive (+) terminal of the dry cell. The stainless screw that is attached to the black wire is the negative electrode; while
Figure 2. Filling up
syringe” with the
Be careful inhandling thesodium hydroxide.