Thermite Reaction - part of our "Berzelius Day" uploading 24 videos in 24 hours. Full video containing this reaction at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euQUgp5AY-Y
NOTE FROM THE PROFESSOR: In this reaction aluminium is converted to aluminium oxide and iron oxide to iron. Al + Fe2O3 → Al2O3 + Fe. The interaction between Al and O is stronger than that between Fe and O so the reaction liberates a large amount of heat.
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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