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Top 10 Amazing Chemical Reactions

Chemical reactions are part of our daily lives. From cooking in the kitchen, to driving a car, these reactions are commonplace. This list is aimed at some of the more exotic and amazing reactions that most of us have not seen or experienced. My knowledge of science is limited, so if I have made a blunder in my descriptions, please let me know so that I can correct them! Here are the top 10 amazing chemical reactions. Do not try these at home (but if you do – send us the video clips!)


Sodium and Water in Chlorine Gas

Sodium is a highly combustible element and the addition of water can make it explode. In this video we see a drop of water added to a small piece of sodium in a flask filled with chlorine gas. The distinctive yellow color of the light emitted is due to sodium’s ‘D lines’ – this is often used in street lighting. This experiment produces a great deal of heat. When you combine sodium and chlorine, you get sodium chloride – common salt.


Magnesium and Dry Ice Reaction

Magnesium ignites easily and burns very brightly. In this experiment, you see magnesium ignited in a shell of dry ice – frozen carbon dioxide. Magnesium is able to burn in carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Because of its brilliant light, it was used in early photographic flashes, and it is still used in marine flares and fireworks.


Potassium Chlorate and Candy Reaction

Potassium Chlorate is a compound containing potassium, chlorine and oxygen. It is often used as a disinfectant and in fireworks and explosives. When potassium chlorate is heated to melting point, any item added to it will cause a rapid disintegration in the form of an explosion (as we see in the video above). The gas coming off the potassium chlorate is oxygen. Because of this, it is often used in airplanes, space stations, and submarines as a source for oxygen. A fire on the space station Mir was attributed to this substance.


Meissner Effect

When a superconductor is cooled to below its transitional temperature, it becomes diamagnetic: this is when something is repulsed from a magnetic field rather than drawn in to it. This discovery by Meissner has lead to the concept of frictionless transportation, as an object could be “floated” along a track rather than “attached” to it by wheels.


Sodium Acetate Super Saturation

Sodium acetate, when heated and cooled, becomes supersaturated in water. When it comes in contact with another object it re-crystalizes. This reaction also causes heat, and so this has a practical use in heat pads. Sodium acetate is also used as a preservative, and also gives salt and vinegar chips their distinctive taste. It is referred to in foods as E262 or sodium diacetate.


Superabsorbent Polymer

Superabsorbent polymers (also known as hydrogels) are able to absorb extremely large amounts of liquid relative to its own mass. For this reason, they are used in the commercial production of diapers, and incontinence garments, and other fields requiring protection from water or liquids such as underground cabling.


Floating on Sulfur Hexafluoride

Sulfur Hexafluoride is a colorless, odorless, non-toxic and non-flammable gas. Because it is over 5 times denser than air, it is able to be poured in to open containers and light weight objects can float on it as if it were water. Another fun use for this harmless gas is through inhalation; when inhaled, it lowers the voice drastically – the exact opposite of helium. You can see that effect here:

The reason that your voice is lowered when you inhale sulfur hexafluoride is that the weight of the gas slows the sound waves produced in your vocal tract to just under half the speed of the sound. Helium works in the opposite way.


Superfluid Helium

When helium is cooled cooled to -271c, it reaches the lambda point. At this stage (as a liquid) it is known as Helium II. Hellium II is a superfluid. When it flows through even capillaries of 10?7 to 10?8-m widths it has no measurable viscosity. In addition, it will creep up a container (as it seeks out a warmer area) seemingly against the effects of gravity. Just watch the clip above and be amazed!


Thermite and Liquid Nitrogen

Thermite is aluminum powder and a metal oxide which produces an aluminothermic reaction known as a thermite reaction. It is not explosive, but it can create short bursts of extremely high temperature. A thermite reaction is initiated with some type of detonator and it can burn at temperatures of thousands of degrees. In the clip above we see an attempt to “cool” the thermite reaction by dumping it in a vat of liquid nitrogen.


Briggs-Rauscher Reaction

The Briggs-Rauscher reaction is known as an oscillating chemical reaction. According to Wikipedia: “the freshly prepared colorless solution slowly turns an amber color, suddenly changing to a very dark blue. This slowly fades to colorless and the process repeats, about ten times in the most popular formulation, before ending as a dark blue liquid smelling strongly of iodine.” The reason this occurs is that the first reaction causes certain chemicals to be released in to the liquid, which then, in turn, spark a second reaction, and the process repeats itself until exhausted.

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  • I was one of those kids (among millions other kids) that did the volcano thing for my science project.
    The only reason I did it was so I could mix soda/sodium bicarbonate with vinegar/acetic acid.
    When somebody at the science fair asked me something technical about volcanoes I said I don’t know but check this out.
    Then I poured the baking soda & the vinegar down the volcano. Then I said isn’t that cool?

    • Arindam

      Haha good times. I too had no idea how volcanoes functioned..but apparently just making the foam come out was sufficient in elementary

  • Unfortunately I can’t watch these at work, but a reaction that I always enjoy watching is the reaction with caesium and water. There was a good section on ‘Brainiac’ that we got shown in school where they dropped a tiny amount of caesium into a bathtub of water, & it was like a bomb had gone off

  • Robert

    What about diet coke and mentos?

  • JMS Bones

    Wicked cool.

  • ylekiot

    All very cool and hopefully inspires a little learning.

  • DanOhh

    This is where I usually make some silly comment but I have to say, Jamie, this is a great list.

  • SocialButterfly

    That was very cool Jamie! I’d have to say #7 was my favourite but they were all extremely cool. I want a science kit now!

  • Ginny

    Brainiac is great.

    I remember watching gummy bear death in high school chemistry.

  • DiscHuker

    wow. what an interesting and wonderful world we live in!

  • NSEW

    dangorironhide: i saw that episode of brainiac too, and i remember them doing it with a bunch of alkalai metals. they said that the farther down u went on the periodic table, the more violent an explosion u would get with water and i think rubidium gave them the biggest one. is was excellent haha

  • Pablo

    Effin’ sweet!!!

  • Phillies

    Nice…all of these were awesome

  • riley

    Great list. I have always loved chemistry and find it fascinating. I remember watching magnesium burn in high school when we were told never to look into it directly haha… oh well. #7 was really cool too.

  • fishing4monkeys


    It’s not a chemical reaction…it’s caused by the rough surface of the mentos doing something to the carbonation. I dunno it was on an episode of mythbusters, they proved it wasn’t chemical, they cut up a mentos and grounded it into dust and put it in the coke and nothing happened…

  • satori

    I’d have to agree with you SocialButterfly-#7 was my fav too. Very cool list Jamie! Might be one of my favorites…

  • StormyGirl

    My favorite list so far, jayfray!!!! I L-O-V-E-D HS Chemistry. AHHH, the memories, Good Times, Good Times!!!

  • Mom424

    Great List; The only reason I could tolerate chem class. Explosions! and the cool stuff you could steal for pranks.
    Seriously Helium II is amazing stuff.
    Good Job!

  • Cory

    Can anyone tell me what the name of the song is that plays in number 8 thanks if anyone can help.

  • 23RedLeader

    very nice…

  • chershey

    Number five reminds me of one time a friend accidentally put a pad through the washer. That was hilarious.

  • W Tom

    I always like the recrystallization of ASA but it’s not amazing enough for this list.

  • MzFly

    Great List! I always liked chemistry in High School but watching these videos just reminds me of what an interesting world we live in :)
    And I think to myself….

  • Ruairi

    none of the videos seem to work for me…

  • Ruairi

    whoops.. a good refresh was all it needed

  • Dale

    To all those referencing the brainiac episode where they dropped alkali metals in water, it was a fake. They actually detonated a bomb in the bathtub to simulate it. Here’s some info:


  • skipps

    The video’s description of #6 on YouTube:
    “In this installment we see supercooled water to -21C / -6F and pour it our into a bowl. It pours out as a liquid and turns to slush, forming ropelike peaks.”

    Did you attach the wrong video? Or is it still somehow related to the super saturation of sodium acetate? Someone please enlighten me!

  • skipps: Their description is incorrect – it is sodium acetate – they would not be able to handle the bottle of water if it were so cold.

  • skipps

    Well I don’t know how credible this person is, but he managed to do it with water at about -7°C.

  • Joss

    I won superabsorbent polymers – some guy was selling them at the mall as “instant snow”. They’re really entertaining.

  • King of the Horizon

    anyone know where i can buy sulphur hexaflouride?
    and the superliquid helium is simply amazing

  • skipps

    jfrater: I think video #6 is supercooled water and not supersaturated sodium acetate. Crystallized sodium acetate wouldn’t melt (

    Well, this is the conclusion I’ve come up with after doing some googling. I haven’t done the experiment before, so I might be wrong :)

  • This makes me all the more annoyed with my High School guidance counselor for NOT letting me take chemistry. :*(

    I LOVED the list! I think my favorite was the gummy bear. If I was there I’d have saved it from that fiery death and let it die in my mouth instead. :)

  • Peanut

    We’ve done the screaming jelly baby reaction (number 8) in school

    It was awesome!


  • DiscHuker

    #6 is amazing.

  • skipps: just to be sure I have now swapped out the video for one that I know is DEFINITELY sodium acetate :)

  • Jackie

    #4 and #1 just blew my mind

  • TMo

    yo… BADASS.

  • DiscHuker

    jayfray: u took away my favorite one!!! at least put it up as a bonus, please.

  • Avi


  • Tony Alvarez

    The most amazing chemical reaction is the one that occurs between men and women.

  • nellerbear

    Why the hell were they playing “White Destiny” before the example in number 6?

  • Angelina

    #17 Cory: I think it was the Drop Kick Murphys??? Don’t know the song though. . .

    Awesome list! #7 is my favorite! :-)

  • Borg

    What no pop rocks and soda? Haven’t you ever heard about that one kid…?

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  • hoopla

    whoops. that should be “i heart science”

  • Csimmons

    Ive done most of these(except thermite, can’t get any, Damn!) and my favorite is the thermite reaction, i saw it on brainiac and loved it!

  • Csimmons

    Borg:this is “amazing” reactions, all the reaction is amounts of Co2 comming in contact with water, and that whole “eat pop rocks and soda and you’ll die” thing is crap, mythbusters did it and they couldn’t get their stomach to explode.

  • jasontimmer

    Helium II is bizarre stuff, and I still don’t understand some aspects of it. I have read that if you spin a container of it, the helium won’t start spinning until you hit a certain speed. I’ve also read that you can buy liquid helium “for about the price of cheap scotch” but I still haven’t found anyone selling it. sells some pretty bizarre stuff though…

  • AlyshiaH

    when i was a senior in high school all the girls got a tiny peice of caesium and we each got one toilet… we set our watches to the same time and when it hit 305 (5 minutes after school was out) we droped the caesium in the toil;ets and ran… flooded the entire school on our last day… it was awsome…

  • Borg

    Csimmons: I don’t see what’s not amazing about someone’s stomach exploding. My sister’s boyfriend’s college professor’s nephew’s bank teller’s son did it and he died. Consider yourself warned. It’s real.

  • Borg: haha – nice :)

  • AlyshiaH: shame you didn’t get any video footage of it!

  • Csimmons

    lol(sorry jamie, laugh out loud, ya happy?) borg, and i have tried it, i ate seven packs and drank 3 bottles of soda, all i got was a bad stomach ache.

  • Csimmons

    Oh,I just rembered, Diet Coke and Mentos, im sure that everyone has seen it or tried it by now( I know I have :) )I would put it as a bonus or something jamie.

    heres the link to watch a good example of it

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  • fgds: haha great find :)

  • SlickWilly

    Csimmons: You should try eating a pack of mentos and drinking a liter of diet coke. Sure nothing will happen to you this time around?

  • Csimmons: that is on another list here – home science experiments :)

  • jasontimmer

    I did some more reading up on the brainiac episode with the alkali metals- turns out the Rubidium and Cesium were fake, were just bombs set off in a tub. It seems these two don’t give off a very big explosion because they ignite and burn up before very much hydrogen has generated. Here’s a site showing what actually happens when you dump each of the metals in water:

  • jasontimmer

    Slick- I saw a vid of someone attempting to eat mentos and drink coke. He ended up puking his guts out and suffering severe stomach cramps.

  • jasontimmer

    Csimmons- re: #46 you can get ready made thermite and igniter compound from

  • SlickWilly

    United Nuclear…isn’t that the company owned by UFO crackpot Bob Lazar? The guy who came forward and claimed to have worked in the above top-secret S-4 facility at area 51 reverse engineering alien spacecraft?

  • jasontimmer

    I have no idea who owns it, but I’ve done business with them several times and they have always been reliable, with good quality products.

  • SlickWilly

    Yeah, it just checked out. That’s the guy, Bob Lazar. Strange case, that. Even says on the united nuclear website that he worked at S4/Area 51. Weird. I don’t know how to feel about this guy. His claims are so radical that it is hard to believe him, but this is not your normal UFO nut. He appears to have a legitimate background in advanced science, and there is evidence that his presence at Los Alamos was covered up. It all just seems a little fishier than your standard alien whack-job…

  • jasontimmer

    Well, you know what they say about a grain of truth in every myth…

  • DarraghT

    1 Briggs-Rauscher Reaction

    suppose its cool scientifically and all..

    otherwise.. shouldnt have been number 1..

  • stevenh

    All of them are great. I’m partial to #8, myself, but I won’t dispute the order…
    You should also check out:
    This guy burns Salt water!

  • Drew

    This is my favorite list yet! good jorb.

  • pookyB

    what about milk and sock-it?

  • All of them were AWESOME!

  • contact explosives.. … Every chemist I’ve ever met Loves this.

  • Diogenes Bozo

    “Poprocks and Mikey” perhaps as a bonus?
    naw just a joke.
    funstuff though. makes me wish i were a science school teacher to wow my students with chemical craziness!

  • Pyrratus

    I love Brainiac!

    Great list Jamie.

  • These are awesome! I want to try some of these like #7 and #8.

  • Csimmons

    Slick: I tried that, my stomach hurt like hell, it didn’t explode though.

  • Csimmons

    jasontimmer:thanks for the site, ill be blowing up crap for a loooooooooooong time ;)

  • Im08Just97Me

    the videos for 1 2 and 3 are no longer available :(

  • MackZ

    Absolutely Awesome list!

  • Hillary

    This is a great list! It certainly makes up for the day I skipped Chemistry in college and missed my professor tossing a hunk of sodium into Lyman Lake! I’ve never had another science prof. willing to do a sodium/water demonstration.

  • C_Mortimer

    Just thought I’d point out that 7 and 3 are not chemical reactions.

  • C_Mortimer

    Number 4 also isn’t a chemical reaction…

  • Mortimer: Picky picky… technically, you’re right. However, a chemical doing something Because of something is Reacting… Semantics aren’t they wonderful?

  • Licurgo

    best list so far
    keep the good work of freed me of my

  • Raymond Harris

    What about fertiliser and sugar dissolved in water???

  • Insaniac

    Hehe.. The ONE reaction I would want to see, would be throwing a tub full of FRANCIUM into a lake/pond and seeing if sad lake/pond would still be there or not. >.>

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  • Jonobot

    This site never seizes to amaze me. :j

  • YashaMaru

    the superfluid helium was boring though:P
    always liked “hot ice”

    btw: the song on #8, was that Eluveitie?

  • Denashi

    Great list!

  • Winston Bigsby

    Ahh… I remember the few times in my youth where I had access to aluminum powder and iron oxide (my dad was a welder) and creating massive fires with this combination at the local park. I would dig out my dads work gloves (I didn’t want to get my hands dirty…), sneak through the our huge garage attempting to find barrels of this stuff he used to hide. I would wait until late in the afternoon, when everyone would be at home for supper, and a few friends and I would sneak into this isolated area of the park and set up a stand similar to the one in video #2. The first few times, we would set up the stand then send someone to stick a sparkler stick in the bucket and then run back, watching the inferno from afar but the last few times, we would attempt to liquefy various steel dinnerware. Finally, all these thermite experiments came to a stop when an officer on patrol dragged me and my friends home after someone who had lived near the park reported “huge plumes of smoke and fire” coming from the park. Needless to say, my folks weren’t too happy but that didn’t stop me from continually venturing into the world of home-made explosives. :D

  • zeppelingod

    Winston Bibsby:….memories…..:)lol

    I have to say that number 7 is my fav….even though Mortimer pointed out it isn’t a chemical reaction.

    Thanks for the great list…it reminded me of Bill Nye :)

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  • dmao88

    you should try hydrocloric acid about 30ml in a 600ml coke bottle then drop two 50mm in length by 5mm alluminium foil sticks in it then put the cap on shake throw and run

  • ProfK

    Our favourites were HTH Dry Pool Chlorine (Calcium Hypochlorite), about half a small cup, in a 2 litre plastic Coke bottle, then add a tot, or about 30ml, of Jeyes Fluid (carbolic acid) or brake fluid. Tighten the lid and run away.

  • Captlobo

    Anyone looking to buy liquid helium: natural helium is cheap, the equipment needed to contain it isn’t. Helium has a very low heat capacity meaning it will boil away really quickly . You can’t keep it in a closed vessel since 1l will give you about 700 liters of gas blowing up almost any closed container. Anyway, since it has the lowest boiling point you actively need to pump away helium gas to cool it down enough.
    (Actually the lowest temperatures in laboraties today are achieved with He3 which has 2 superfluid stages and is incredibly expensive.)

    I’ve worked with the stuff (physics resarch) and it’s not really exciting. BTW. There was an entire machine room devoted to the recovery of helium.

    So you cannot do the kind of experiments you do with the easier liquid nitrogen (less prone to sudden explosive evaporation). Anyway even LN is disappointnig, we used to try to cool beer by submerging it, but the amount of nitrogen you need is depressingly excessive (low heat cacpacity again). So dropping burning thermite in it has about the same effect as throwing a water balloon in a blast furnace.

  • kevin

    Sodium Hexaflouride = NOT HARMLESS
    Ever drown on air?

  • Captlobo

    True that. SF6 is not poisonous but it’s very hard to breathe out again. If you ever want to try inhaling sulfur hexafluoride, make sure there’s another person present. Best way to get it out of your lungs is to hang upside.
    This is not a joke. You’ll be seriously out of breath if you try to exhale it the normal way.

  • bootlicker

    Reminds me of when I was the lab assistant in my high school chemistry class. The teacher was demonstrating the sodium/water reaction by putting small flakes of sodium into a large glass beaker while i walked around the class showing everyone a large chunk of sodium. When I finished, the teacher told me to put the sodium back into its container (I think it was stored in kerosene so it wouldn’t react.) Anyhoo, I had a brain malfunction and dropped this huge chunk of sodium into the large beaker of water. Gave off an enormous cloud of hydrogen which then ignited, shattering the beaker and a couple of windows — glass all over the lab. Luckily, the teacher had screamed fo everyone to hit the floor and they were all protected by the lab tables. No injuries, but the school was evacuated. I was a God!

  • xx

    i agree with life.

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  • Lwheeler4

    I think #5 is the best!
    I wanna make that so bad now!

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  • Talent

    Men!! I really enjoy watching clip 1, i mean its really cool

  • Renee Esty

    I just tried to view all these vids and they ALL say they are no longer available!!! WHY????? Man! The last comment was posted JUST YESTERDAY!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! Anybody know where I CAN view them??

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  • King Steven the Great

    I found this page to be well thought out, interesting, and fun! I wish you much luck in your future endeavors!

  • bob

    cool i cannot believe my foolish eyes

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  • Brenna

    This is absolutely amazing! I hope my chemistry class has examples like this one.

  • Kate

    they were pretty good, but ive seen better! admittedly im applying for chemistry at uni next year, but even in this list, i dont think the oscillating reaction or the thermite should have been the top 2! I saw that exact oscillating reaction on wednesday….

    yes… i am a geek =D

  • greymullet

    I’m shocked and appalled that Mortimer is the only other one to point out that 3 of these aren’t chemistry. The Meissner Effect is amazing, but it’s sad that the list writer couldn’t find 10 decent chemical reactions. Any suggestions for 3 more, anyone?

  • squirrel

    #17 cory…

    dropkick murphys

    im shipping up to boston

  • nate

    Great stuff, I definitely did not know about the Meissner effect. I must remark however, not all of these are actually chemical reactions. Most are extreme, but a few are physical changes.

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  • babber101

    wow, love #4 7 and 6 are pretty cool to. mythbusters does a bunch of theese to

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  • josephine

    wow!!!…i just can`t believe my eyes….especially the numbers:9 4 7 6 10….hope i will see more in the future,,,,good luck and congratulations..

  • josephine

    this can really help in our investigatory project…thanks alot…i am looking forward to your future progress… good luck…

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  • PoorMe

    Super conductivity, viscosity and some not mentioned are not chem reaction. in fact, they are effects and no change in chemical changes occur during this phenomenon, so are they really chem reaction?

  • JAB

    Wow. I think this has officially become my favorite list.

    Science IS Fun!

  • tom

    Is breathing Sulfur Hexafluoride really harmless? I wouldn’t breath gases denser than air, I figure they would tend to stay in the bottom of your lungs (and you cannot exhale ALL the gas in your lungs). So I guess it will accumulate there… unless you do some breathing upside down…

  • wano

    awesome :D :D :D :D !!!!!
    love chemistry !! XD

  • Navi

    best site if you want to know about physical reactions!

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  • marco

    i think meissner effect is not a chemical reaction, rather a physical one.. i like the most though.. very cool huh

  • bob

    What happened to coke / mentos

  • maximuz04

    apparently, someone goes to my school. In my chem1 and 2 classes, we did more than half of these. The superconductivity one is my fav

  • Neil

    I have been studying advanced organic chemistry and have developed a liking for these reactions

    1. The ferrous sulphate ring test: used for identification of aldehydes. The end point is where half the test tube is a. Brilliant turquoise color and the bottom is colorless separated by a thin orange ring. I’ll try nd put up a video if my professor allows it.

    2. Concentrated sulphuric acid and water: its a known rule that one should always add sulphuric acid to water and not water to sulphuric acid. Reason is that when the first drop of water reacts with concentrated sulphuric acid it tries to dehydrate it very very Violently. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Certainly not without protective clothing. I have a big burn mark on my right hand that probably won’t go away for the rest of my life due to concentrated sulphuric acid.

  • CA

    lol man this is good…

  • Daratora

    they say thermite and thermate melted the cores of the WTC

  • Peedeebee123

    Sugar+ Sulfuric acid= A black solid carbon. (by product flamible hydro-oxcide.) Now this is cool :D:D:D:D

  • GracieEM

    Gummy bear is awsome and number four is magic !! wow :) x

  • dasds

    dude those were sweet wish we could have done some of that stuff in chemistry class then i would have definitively payed attention and probably gotten an “A”

  • Vermy

    I hate to be a party pooper but very few of the items in this list actually count as chemical reactions. Playing around with gaseous, liquid and solid states for instance, are no more than physical phenomena.

  • Stunt Man Mike…

    I’m ultra-diamagnetic. Everything is repulsed by me. X(

  • KC

    was the gummy bear ok???

  • Red

    Vermy, even changes in the state of matter are considered chemical reactions because it involves transitions in atomic structure, reorganization of the matter`s structure.

    This is a great list, lads, cheers! I studied chemical engineering, and in the first year we had Inorganic Chemistry. In the lab, with a friend, we put previously melted Sodium into Chlorine atmosphere…well, that was quite a big badda bumm! :))

  • ankrotachi10

    there where amazing i especially liked the 1 where the boat floats there it is amazing *thinks – i wonder what it would be like swimming in it?????*

    • p1t1o

      You’d sink and drown :(

      Oh and your cries for help would be hilariously low-pitched.

      Except you wouldn’t call for help because you don’t notice hypoxia until its too late, you’d just collapse.

      People would see your body in an apparently empty swiming pool, climb in to help, and get caught out in the same way.


  • ankrotachi10

    i am sue it was gummy bear cruelty!!!! it proberlly has a fammily and kids who have just had there daddy killed by some MEAN scientist who is a seriel murderer. there should be rspcgb (royal society of protection to cruelty of gummy bears) he should be but in prison and afer 35 years jail he should be killed in the electic chair

  • klmmjs

    wow some great videos there. the floating tin foil box was like magic.

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  • lint

    I would argue the Meissner effect and superfluid helium are both physical effects rather than chemical reaction. But great list anyhow =)


    everything in it is just so boring i HATE SCIECE

  • jessybabe

    Wow to #1!!!!!!

  • khushi

    itz so interesting. i luv science. its cool experiments r so interesting & learning

  • Jake L

    These vids are cool and all but you guys should try mixxing 90% peroxide with dawn dish soap and baking soda. its so cool. i call it elephant toothpaste but dont touch it its hot. 1 more thing… do it outside!

  • Parker

    Francium in water. i didnt c any comments talking about it. its amazing!

  • devola1212

    this site helped alot thanx i am doing a scinec project and it involves chemical reactions

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    Briggs-Rauscher Reaction: isn’t it a kind of Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction?

  • Ravid

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  • k.jaradat

    they are all awesome

  • werna

    do the change colour with copper and fire trick or im gone

  • saya

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  • marissa

    I am understanding alot on this page with all the videos and texts i am coming up for a text on tuesday about chemicals and i am very nervous cause when i am older i am only 13 but when i am older i would love to be a hairdresser

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  • Mayank

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  • Red Writer

    Thermite is a wimp. You simply need more liquid nitrogen. Do the math.

  • V123

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    what are the solution of sodium acetate &water &heat which becomes a crystal when touch it

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  • angryangry

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  • James

    Numbers 7 and 4 aren’t really chemical reactions, but still cool to watch. Thanks!

  • chemicalengineer

    There are only 5 of these that are chemical reactions.

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  • shajeepan

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  • komal

    awesome reaction yar……..
    gud job… :)

  • laina

    sooooo cool!!!!!! i wannna do the thermite and liquid nigtrogen at school!!!! tho i dn tthink they’ll let us do that

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  • Messirealone

    This is crap…

  • Polesch

    3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are not chemical reactions, that’s my only complaint.

  • Polish guy

    Meissner effect is not a chemical reaction

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  • Timothy

    On the burning gummy bear thing, does the light from the reaction differ per the color of the candy?

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  • sachin



    Please give the details of Briggs-Rauscher reaction and the chemicals required.

  • sharin

    why the chemical’s strong?

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  • poulami

    well its really interesting .hopefully it will inspire and excite most of the people /children to perform them and watch the awesome result

  • $hiniqua

    Enter your comment here. Yeah, bro!

    • Cookie monster

      Experiment #8 Failed, I like cookies

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      • Dooms-day

        Next time I try Ex. #8 it will be in a park somewhere in New Zealand

        • cookie monster

          At the moment I’m in New Zealand. There are a lot of sheep in New Zealand.
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          • Doomsday

            What do you call an elephant that’s wearing a pink T-shirt and ear mugs?

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  • mahirah

    the sodium acetate experiment is usually called as “hot ice”

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