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Rusting Investigation

The purpose of this investigation is to understand how rusting occurs. You will be investigating; where rusting fits into oxidation reactions; what different types of oxidation reactions are plus their chemical formula; what corrosion is; different examples of corrosion with their chemical formula; how can corrosion be prevented; what are alloys; why are alloys used; the advantages and disadvantages of alloys.

Assignment/ Worksheets


Corrosion:  which a solid, especially a metal, is eaten away and changed by a chemical action, as in the oxidation of iron in the presence of water. 

Rust: The red coating that forms on the surface of iron when exposed to air and moisture, consisting chiefly of ferric hydroxide and ferric oxide formed by oxidation. 

Oxidize: to convert (an element) into an oxide; combine with oxygen.

Oxidation: the process or result of oxidizing. 

Alloy: a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal(s) mixed with a nonmetal.