Zirconium Powder in Flame - part of our "Berzelius Day" uploading 24 videos in 24 hours. Full video containing this reaction at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNJE2MPktvg
NOTE FROM THE PROFESSOR: The Zr reacts with oxygen in the air to make zirconium oxide in a very exothermic reaction (it gives out a lot of heat). The white light comes from very hot particles of the oxide.
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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