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Chemistry Behind the Magic

Dr. John Dolhun; Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri

Chemistry Behind the Magic features videos of exciting live chemistry demonstrations. The videos are enhanced by explanations of the science behind the demonstration, in a fun and easy to understand format.



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Chemistry Behind the Magic
May 19, 2017 Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri
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A chemistry demonstration given by Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri at MIT.
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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Discover the colorful chemistry that makes a good party glow.
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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Discover what happens when you burn different elements of the periodic table . . .
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Oct 22, 2012 Bassam Shakhashiri, Jessica Harrop
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The old adage takes on new meaning . . . with the help of a little flash paper and isopropanol. (No money was harmed during the making of this video.)
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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Mix two mystery ingredients with some table sugar, and the result is a silver mirrored flask.
Chemistry Behind the Magic
Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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Mix these three colorless liquids and you get a chemical reaction that can tell time.
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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In a dark bottle at room temperature, hydrogen peroxide decomposes very, very slowly. But add potassium iodide, and that same reaction happens thousands of times faster, with very… tall results.
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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A gummy bear may not be big, but its few grams of sugar contain a lot of energy. Find out how much by combusting one lone gummy in a test tube.
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Oct 22, 2012 Bassam Shakhashiri, Jessica Harrop
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Mix these two clear and colorless liquids—that both look just like water—and the result is anything but clear and colorless.
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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Dr. John Dolhun is hungry. But the bacon he’s got on the griddle isn’t for him. It’s for Bromine.
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Oct 22, 2012 Bassam Shakhashiri, Jessica Harrop
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Colorful indicators tell the story of acids, bases, and the places in between.
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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Dr. John Dolhun is thirsty. But when he asks his assistant for a drink, he gets more than he bargained for . . .
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Oct 22, 2012 John Dolhuh, Jessica Harrop
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Discover what disposable diapers and fake snow have in common.