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What are the differences between cupric sulfate and copper?

Asked by 717richboy (234points) August 18th, 2014

They have different chemical properties, and I am curious as to what their differences are.

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BhacSsylan's avatar

‘Copper’ can refer to many things, but typically in this context you’d be talking about the elemental metal. That is, the titular copper-colored metal, used often in electronics, and has the properties one usually associates with metals: ductile (can be spun into wires), electrically and thermally conductive, deformable, etc. Cupric sulfate, or copper sulfate, is a salt formed from charged atoms of copper the charged sulfate ions (SO4). As a salt it likewise shares the many properties of salts, such as dissolving easily in water, can be toxic in high doses, and can react with other salts depending on solubility and electrostatic potential.

LuckyGuy's avatar

If you are asking the difference between cupric sulfate and copper sulfate the answer is – nothing.
They are one and the same.

Copper sulfate is a beautiful blue color and is readily soluble in water. It is also used for killing tree roots that get into your drain lines. (Some states do not permit this.)

El_Cadejo's avatar

Wolfram Alpha is great for stuff like this.
Cupric Sulfate

osoraro's avatar

Two electrons and a sulfate ion.

stanleybmanly's avatar

One is a compound, the other an element.

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