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When reacting metals with acids in a polystyrene cup, why do you have to put the polystyrene cup in a beaker?
The polystyrene acts as an insulating layer so less heat is lost from the reaction. Hope that helps :smile:
Original post by VoiidDev
When reacting metals with acids in a polystyrene cup, why do you have to put the polystyrene cup in a beaker?
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Original post by tasha_1306
The polystyrene acts as an insulating layer so less heat is lost from the reaction. Hope that helps :smile:


Thank you for your reply. Why do you have to put the polystyrene in a beaker though?
Original post by VoiidDev
Thank you for your reply. Why do you have to put the polystyrene in a beaker though?


If you are reacting metals with acids glass is not a good insulator whereas the addition of the polystyrene cup adds in extra insulation. You would have to place the polystyrene cup within the glass beaker for safety reasons as the beaker provides stability for the reaction and prevents spilling as the polystyrene cups are prone to splitting.
Original post by tasha_1306
If you are reacting metals with acids glass is not a good insulator whereas the addition of the polystyrene cup adds in extra insulation. You would have to place the polystyrene cup within the glass beaker for safety reasons as the beaker provides stability for the reaction and prevents spilling as the polystyrene cups are prone to splitting.

I hope that's a bit more clear :smile:
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Original post by tasha_1306


If you are reacting metals with acids glass is not a good insulator whereas the addition of the polystyrene cup adds in extra insulation. You would have to place the polystyrene cup within the glass beaker for safety reasons as the beaker provides stability for the reaction and prevents spilling as the polystyrene cups are prone to splitting.


Thank you so much for your helpful reply!
Original post by VoiidDev
Thank you so much for your helpful reply!


No problem :smile:

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