Thermite: A Classic

July 18, 2006 at 11:46 pm | | lab safety, science and the public

There are a handful of reactions used almost exclusively to convince undergrads that chemistry is hip and/or cool. You’ve got your oscillating reactions, exploding hydrogen balloons, and all sorts of pretty colors turning clear. But, the granddaddy of them all is the thermite reaction. (Our friend Dylan at Tenderbutton contributed the melting slot machine).

One of the summer classes just fired off this classic reaction, and I happened to be there to record it. Check it out.


Impressive Caleb, but check out the masters.

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