The lesson here is a good one and it applies to all your favorite demonstrations—they make terrific inquiry labs for your students!
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ATTENTION: This demonstration is intended for and should only be performed by certified science instructors in a safe laboratory/classroom setting.
Several components in a plastic bag are exposed to water. Upon mixing, a slow and steady evolution of heat occurs due to the oxidation of iron and reduction of oxygen in the presence of sodium chloride and calcium chloride catalysts. Continue reading
Many teachers demonstrate the reaction of lithium, sodium and potassium with water when discussing the trend in reactivity of the alkali metals. Continue reading
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««« By James Palcik
A solution is prepared containing a dye. The dye, methylene blue, is colourless in a reduced state. Upon shaking the solution, the dye is oxidized and displays a blue colour. As the solution stands undisturbed, the dye fades to colourless as it is reduced. The cycle may be repeated over and over.