Cells & Batteries 1: single-use cells

merc batt_THTraces the development of primary cells from the Daniell cell to zinc-carbon dry cells, alkaline cells, button cells and lithium metal cells. The essentials of their chemistry and construction are outlined, as well as the advantages and limitations of each format. The program also reviews the concepts of power, voltage and current, as well as the difference between a cell and a battery,
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  • introduction
  • the zinc-carbon dry cell
  • cells vs batteries
  • power, voltage and current
  • cells in series and parallel
  • alkaline cells
  • button and coin cells
  • lithium metal cells

Chemistry Consultant: Warren Moseley (Co-author, Heinnemann Chemistry 2; former member VCAA Chemistry Standing C’tee).


Teacher Notes
Year Levels
Upper Secondary to Tertiary
Format DVD
Duration 22  Min
Year produced
$125 inc GST (+$8 p&h in Australia/ elsewhere POA)
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