Q12. The process that you saw in Activity 14.7 is used for purification of copper. A thin plate of pure copper and a thick rod of impure copper are used as electrodes. Copper from impure rod is sought to be transferred to the thin copper plate. Which electrode should be attached to the positive terminal of the battery and why?

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Copper ions carry a positive charge and would be attracted towards the negative terminal. Since we want to transfer copper from the thick impure copper rod to the thin copper strip, the thick copper rod should be connected to the positive terminal of the battery and consequently the thin copper strip to the negative terminal of the battery.

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