Heat Energy

Burning Butane Bubbles (Photo Gallery)

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Butane is a flammable gas that is often used in lighters and for cooking. When soap bubbles are filled with butane, they create amazing flammable bubbles that can create an exciting combustion demonstration. Because the butane burns very quickly, it is even possible to hold a handful of burning bubbles. Remember that handling any burning materials, especially gasses, is dangerous; and that this demonstration should not be attempted at home!

Burning Iron

Many people do not view iron as a flammable metal. If an iron rod is placed over a flame, it can be heated until it glows orange without actually burning. When finer iron, in forms such as iron powder or steel wool, comes in contact with a flame; however, it will quickly oxidize, appearing to burn as it is chemically changed into iron oxide.

Fun With Fire: Magnesium and Lycopodium

Part 1 of 2. In the first part of this fifth grade science lesson, our class looks at the properties of two flammable solids – magnesium and lycopodium. Magnesium is a metal that burns with a brilliant white flame at a temperature of over 2,200 degrees Celsius. Lycopodium is a fine organic powder that while slightly flammable in a compact state, is highly explosive as airborne particles.

Hot Air Balloon

As the temperature of air increases, the air molecules move apart making the air less dense. Hot air balloons work on this concept, using lighter, heated air to lift the balloon. In this video, we demonstrate how to make a hot air balloon using a thin plastic trash bag and a few straws. When the homemade balloon is filled with warm air, it is able to lift itself into the sky.

Flammable Butane Bubbles

Butane is a flammable gas that is often used in lighters and for cooking. When soap bubbles are filled with butane, they create amazing flammable bubbles that can create an exciting combustion demonstration. Remember that handling any burning materials, especially gasses, is dangerous; and that the demonstrations shown in this video should not be attempted at home!