Caesium in Water - part of our "Berzelius Day" uploading 24 videos in 24 hours. Full video containing this reaction at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aD6HwUE2c0
NOTE FROM THE PROFESSOR: The reaction is 2Cs + 2H2O → 2CsOH + H2. However, the H2 can then react with O2 in the air to explode. Also, unlike the other alkali metals, except perhaps Francium, Cs is a liquid just above room temperature so the initial heat of reaction will melt the metal and one has liquid metal reacting with the water.
See our 24 reactions playlist as it unfolds at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6E4F35510525FFF7
Berzelius Day explained: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDXUDq2KLM4
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