October 3, 2018

Chemistry show to take explosive, colorful look at fire

Chemistry show fire demonstration In a recent-year Purdue Chemistry Show, Paul E. Smith demonstrates a chemical phenomenon involving fire. (Purdue University photo/Department of Chemistry) Download image

"The Chemistry of Fire" will take center stage Oct. 13 at the annual Purdue Chemistry Show.

This year's demonstrations will explore the energetic nature of fire in pyrotechnics, including fireworks, special effects and explosives. This presentation will be at 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Lecture Room 200.

The show is free and open to the public. When noises will occur, everyone will know in advance and the noise will not be severe. Ages 5 and older typically can do well with these sights and sounds.

Audience members will be able to say yes to the question, Have you ever seen molten iron up close? The thermite demonstration produces molten iron in a very fascinating and pyrotechnic-looking manner. The simple chemistry of this reaction will be shown and demonstrated.

Further, people wonder, Do all those YouTube videos of chemistry reactions really work? The flame tornado with brilliant colors is one that does work and will be elegantly presented during this chemistry show.

Paul E. Smith, director of lecture demonstrations in the Department of Chemistry, will lead the show.

Source: Paul E. Smith, psmith4@purdue.edu

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