Fire and Ice
Small amounts of materials called polymers can absorb large amounts of water.
The reaction of a sodium polyacrylate with water can create a large amount of powdery “snow” that won’t melt and isn’t cold.
Different chemicals burn at different temperatures.
By burning a 50% alcohol – 50% water solution, we can transfer the heat from burning alcohol to the water.
Using this strategy, we can make a flame that won’t damage a piece of paper or cloth.
Many problems can be solved by creatively using science.
Fire can be dangerous! Don’t try this experiment at home.
Polymers are incredible molecules that are all around us.