• Question: What is your favourite chemistry experiment and why?

    Asked by 428bera39 to John on 12 Nov 2014.
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      John Wenger answered on 12 Nov 2014:

      Hi there,

      I do quite a few demonstrations of chemical reactions in my lectures and magic shows. I do some nice reactions bubble and froth over and others that make loud bangs and explosions!
      I think my favourite is the reaction of potassium with water – it is very explosive and gives out a huge bang and water goes flying everywhere.

      Have a look at this video to see how wild it is!

      Please don’t ask your chemistry teacher to do it though….it might blow up the lab!

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