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MAKE A BATTERY WITH LEMONS!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
2 fresh lemons 3 copper wires with alligator clips on each end
2 metal paper clips 2 pennies Voltmeter or multimeter Digital clock or timer
M S M S
It's time to hit the books again. And to give you a start on your studies, here's a science class primer.
WHAT to do:
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Roll the lemons around on a table to loosen the pulp inside Using a knife, carefully make 2 small slits an inch or two apart on each lemon Insert one paper clip halfway into each lemon Insert one penny halfway into the second slit of each lemon Attach an alligator clip to the penny in lemon 1 and attach the other end to the paper clip in lemon 2 The penny is a positive electrode while the paper clip is negative. Attach another wire to the paper clip in lemon 1 and the third wire to the penny in lemon 2. Check the voltage by connecting the ends of the wires to the voltmeter.
Penny Lemon 2 Penny
how does it happen?
The outer coating of zinc on steel paper clips is oxidized, so they become negatively charged. As electrons flow from the zinc to the pennies, the copper in the pennies becomes positively charged. The lemons provide the liquid electrolyte that completes the circuit.
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Remove the battery from the digital clock or timer. There will be two wire contacts in the battery holder — the centre one is negative and the one to the side is positive.
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Remove the alligator voltmeter and connect them to the digital clock or timer. Do not let the alligator clips touch one another!
A lemon-powered clock or timer!
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY MEGAN DINNER/QMI AGENCY