A series of short video clips of explosive and exciting chemical reactions, taken from a lecture called “Fire and Flame” by Dr. Peter Wothers at the University of Cambridge.
Watch how a fire can be put out by covering it in carbon dioxide gas.
From the Peter Wothers lecture series - Fire and Flame
Magensium burns even more vigorously in carbon dioxide than in air, but petrol won't burn at all..what's happening?
Dramatic demonstration of what happens when burning magnesium is placed in water.
Find out if sand can be used to put out a magnesium fire.
Watch the exciting effect of silane gas being formed in air.
Do we always need oxygen for things to burn, or can we use other gases like chlorine?
Find out what happens when we try to burn hydrogen in chlorine.
Trying to create an impressive bang by mixing hydrogen and chlorine.
Using extra oxygen to make cotton wool burn in a much more dramatic way!
Setting fire to a hydrogen balloon!
What happens when a propane and oxygen mixture is set on fire?
From the Peter Wothers lecture series - Fire and Flame.
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Nina Notman explains why forest fires in Indonesia made the sky look red
Ask students to plan experiments, record data and draw conclusions in this practical activity
How can we use vinegar and sodium bicarbonate to make a fire extinguisher?
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