Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Chemistry students reflect on silver mirrors

                      Students in chemistry today saw their reflections in the silver mirrors they produced.

The students were learning about Tollen's test or silver mirror test. 

        Tollen's test is a specific test for aldehydes. Silver ions are reduced to silver, which is seen as a silver mirror.The aldehyde is oxidised to the carboxylate ion of the corresponding carboxylic acid.

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