Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Matter and Measurement - Exercises: 1.18

Answer

There are several ways to determine whether the nugget is fool's gold or real gold. You could -see if its magnetic -dissolve in acid -determine density

Work Step by Step

Magnetism-gold is not magnetic, while fool's gold, which contains iron, is magnetic Acid-dissolving fools gold and real gold will produce different results, which could help distinguish between the two density-pyrite and gold have different densities, finding the density will determine what the substance is.
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