Zn + CuSO4 → ZnSO4 + Cu – Balanced equation

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This is an oxidation-reduction (redox) reaction:

CuII + 2 e- Cu (reduction)

Zn - 2 e- ZnII (oxidation)

CuSO4 is an oxidizing agent, Zn is a reducing agent.

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Reactants:

  • Zn
    • Names: Zinc , Zinc powder (pyrophoric) , Zn
    • Appearance: Grey-to-blue powder
  • CuSO4Copper(II) sulfate
    • Other names: Cupric sulphate , Blue vitriol (pentahydrate) , Bluestone (pentahydrate)
    • Appearance: Gray-white (anhydrous) | blue (pentahydrate) ; White hygroscopic crystals

Products:

  • ZnSO4Zinc sulfate
    • Other names: White vitriol , Goslarite , Zinc sulfate (1:1)
    • Appearance: White powder ; Colourless hygroscopic crystals
  • Cu
    • Names: Copper , Copper (dusts and mists, as Cu) , Cu
    • Appearance: Solid in various forms. turns green on exposure to moist air ; Reddish, lustrous, malleable, odorless solid.
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