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Carolina ChemKits®: Silver Vials



  • Create beautiful silver vials
  • Illustrate or explain the redox reaction at a particulate level
  • Balance redox reactions

Grades 9–12.

Find a Silver Lining
Students silver the inside of a glass vial using a procedure similar to the Tollens' test, with dextrose as the reducing sugar that reduces silver ions to metallic silver. Kit includes enough vials and chemicals for 30 students to make their own silver vials.

Reinforce and Balance Redox Reactions
After rotating through the 6 stations and creating their silver vials, students write and balance equations for the reduction of silver oxide to metallic silver by dextrose. They also write and balance an equation for the formation of a precipitate intermediary. Students consider the role of stoichiometry in commercial applications and then model or explain the chemistry of this activity on an atomic level.

FREE 1-year access to digital resources that support NGSS instruction included.

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  • This item is sold and shipped to schools and businesses only. Not available to individuals or residential addresses. Visit our Login & Registration page to learn how to create a Login and link it to an approved school or business account. Limited Qty: Flammable Liquid - This product is/contains a limited quantity of a DOT regulated hazardous material. This item will not incur a hazmat fee when shipped by ground. Orders shipping to HI and AK are subject to review and may incur additional shipping charges.
What’s Included:
  • 1 Acetone, 1 oz
  • 1 Dextrose, 5 g
  • 1 Ammonium Nitrate, 6 g
  • 1 0.5 M Silver Nitrate, 50 mL
  • 1 3 M Sodium Hydroxide, 500 mL
  • 1 Sodium Chloride, 1 lb
  • 5 Disposable Pipets
  • 36 Glass Vials with Caps
  • 1 Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide
Needed But Not Included:
Return Policy:

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