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Frozen boardFlame TestHot and Cold packHydrogen BalloonThermiteLimiting Reactant Precipitation of Silver ChlorideIron and Oxygen

Flame Test - Ethanol solutions of metal salts are sprayed into a burner flame producing brilliant fireballs with the characteristic color of each metal. This demo is usually used when discussing atomic structure to illustrate that electron transitions

Hydrogen Balloon - In addition to its obvious crowd appeal, detonating a hydrogen balloon can be used to demonstrate combination, redox, formation, and exothermic reactions and activation energy.

Thermite - spectacular reaction iron oxide and aluminum undergo a single replacement reaction producing great quantities of heat and a stream of molten iron and aluminum oxide. Can be used to demonstrate an exothermic, single replacement, or redox reaction.

Limiting Reactant - This demonstration is usually used in a General Chemistry course when the concept of limiting reactant is being introduced.

Precipitation of Silver Chloride - This demo is typically performed when solubility rules are being presented.

Iron and Oxygen

  This is a very versatile demonstration. It is an example of a formation reaction, a redox reaction, and a combustion reaction.

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