Calcium Carbide and Acetylene - part of our "Berzelius Day" uploading 24 videos in 24 hours. Full video containing this reaction at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQSLpuVZK9Y
NOTE FROM THE PROFESSOR: Calcium carbide reacts with water to form acetylene (also known as ethyne) and Calcium hydroxide. The fact that the water is present as ice doesn't matter. A combination of the heat of the reaction and the presence of salts causes the ice to melt and the reaction involves liquid 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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