Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Thermite Reaction in slow motion!

The Thermite Reaction in slow motion!  See molten iron fall from the reaction vessel (flower pot)! An initial reaction of sucrose (C12H22O11) + potassium chlorate (KNO3) + a couple drops of sulfuric acid (H2SO4) is used to initiate the more violent thermite reaction in which the reactants, iron III oxide (Fe2O3) + aluminum (Al), produce iron (Fe) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3). 

The person in the hold my IPAD is Mike Sirowich (The Physics Teacher at Seymour High School) who was busy recording the demonstration with his new thermal imagining camera (Video 2).

Video 1 - Slow Motion

Video 2 - Recorded with the Thermal Imager

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