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June 17th, 2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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zinc to copper

Why do electrons flow from zinc to copper?
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June 18th, 2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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Re: zinc to copper

Copper ions in direct contact with zinc metal are not stable and a spontaneous reaction occurs so electrons are directly flow from the zinc to copper.
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July 4th, 2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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Re: zinc to copper

Don't mean to necro, but this only got one post so I thought I'd answer.

Another answer, in addition to the one micle offered, is that zinc has a lower standard reduction potential than copper, meaning it is easier to reduce (give electrons to) copper.
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