Nitrogen Triiodide (touch powder) – Periodic Table of Videos

This video shows the detonation of nitrogen triiodide, a shock-sensitive chemical.  The chemistry of this reaction is fascinating.  However, this demo is not recommended for the typical high school science lab due to the instability of the compound and the extensive safety precautions required. Continue reading

Aluminum and Copper – A Guided Inquiry Experiment by Flinn Scientific Canada

There’s a lot of pretty chemistry in the reaction of aluminum wire with copper(II) chloride! Burnished copper crystals grow on the wire surface, and the blue color of copper(II) ions slowly fades. What relationships govern the relative amounts of aluminum and copper in this reaction? Can you predict the amount of copper that will be produced and the amount of aluminum that will be used up?

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