Burning Metals

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Typically, when a material burns, it is no longer completely present and therefore has a lower mass. Metals however, [Fe]el differently and gain mass when burned. [O][Mg]! This phenomenon has lead to modern extensive research about the properties of atoms and molecules. I will demonstrate different results by burning Iron (Fe), Copper, (Cu), and Magnesium (Mg).

Metals I burn:

Iron: Element 26 on the Periodic Table. It is a 6.3% abundant in the Earth’s crust. A very common metal used in the production of steel.

Copper: Element 29 on the Periodic Table. It is a less than 0.01% abundant in the Earth’s crust. A very common metal used in the production of electrical wiring.

Magnesium: Element 12 on the Periodic Table. This is the brightest and highest energy burn out of the three metals. It’s 2.9% abundant in the Earth’s crust. A common metal used in car parts.

All of these metals must react with oxygen in order to burn. I will be demonstrating the unique behavior of burning with a condition of low oxygen compared to a condition of high oxygen.

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