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Chemiluminescent Ammonia Fountain

This is a dramatic demonstration of chemiluminesence. When a small amount of water is injected into the flask containing ammonia, the ammonia dissolves. The reduction in pressure causes two solutions to be simultaneously drawn into and mixed in the inverted flask. This should produce a bright blue luminescent...

Egg-splosion

This demonstration shows how a mixture of hydrogen and air becomes explosive.

The initial pop is probably caused by a small portion of the hydrogen leaking out, mixing with the air immediately above the hole and forming a minute combustible mixture.

As more hydrogen escapes through the top hole, it...

Gas Explosion

This demonstration illustrates the explosive nature of gas/air mixtures. The gas used in laboratory Bunsen burners (methane) normally burns with a blue or yellow flame. However, mixtures with air explode when the concentration of the methane is between 5 and 15%.

Howling Jelly Baby

In this demonstration, the carbohydrate in the jelly baby is oxidised by the molten potassium chlorate(V). The jelly baby ignites and burns furiously with a high pitched roar, showing that food stuffs provide energy.

The Non-burning £5 Note

In this demonstration, a piece of paper is soaked in ethanol and water, the ethanol burns but the water prevents the paper burning. To make this demonstration very exciting, a £5 note can be used.

Zinc Christmas Tree

In this demonstration of a displacement reaction, a piece of foil in the shape of a Christmas tree is placed in lead nitrate solution. Within a few minutes the tree becomes covered with sparkling crystals of lead.

Chemistry Experiments

Chemistry Experiments contains a varied collection of labcards and worksheets from which teachers can choose in order to build up a programme of chemistry practical work for use in the school laboratory. The labcards include labelled diagrams and questions which are designed to help guide students through the...

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