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True or False?

a) wet metallic copper can be rinsed with acetone to help any remaining cation to metal reduction occur

b)copper metal is readily oxidized by nitric acid to yield copper(II) nitrate

  • Chemistry -

    b is true.
    a doesn't make sense. If it is copper metal (pure), there is no cation to reduce. So I would answer a as false. However, if this question relates to a lab you are doing, the circumstances can change.

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    r u sure b) is true b/c it says "readily oxidized" and doesn't the nitric acid have to be very concentrated?

    maybe i should have mentioned of them is true and the other is false

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