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Unpublished paper, 'On a law in chemical dynamics' by John Hall Gladstone and Alfred Tribe

Reference number: AP/53/2

Date: 1871


Gladstone and Tribe investigate what takes place during the process of one metal decomposing the salts of certain other metals which leads to a chemical change proceeding until the more powerful metal has entirely taken the place of the other. The experiments are generally performed as follows: 72 cubic centimetres of an aqueous solution of the salt of known strength, and at, 12° Centigrade, are placed in a tall glass; a perfectly clean plate of metal of 3230 square millimetres is weighed and placed vertically in this solution without reaching either to the top or bottom; the action is then allowed to proceed quietly for ten minutes, after which point the plate is removed, and the deposited metal washed off. The loss of weight gives the amount of metal dissolved, and represents the chemical action.

Annotations in pencil and ink throughout. Marked on front as 'Archives Nov 2/71'. Includes one page of figures relating to the experiments.

Subject: Chemistry

Received 25 May 1871. Read 15 June 1871.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 19 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On a law in chemical dynamics'.

A related paper was published by John W Langley in the Journal of the Chemical Society, Transactions: Langley, John W. 'An explanation of gladstone and tribe's “2–3 law in chemical dynamics”.' The Journal of the Chemical Society, Transactions, volume 45 (1884), pp. 633-637.

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