An Illuminating Reaction

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Catherine E. Matthews, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: CARBIDE LIGHTS OFFER AN EXCELLENT mechanism for introducing or reviewing many basic chemistry concepts, including elements and compounds, endothermic and exothermic reactions, physical and chemical changes, and balancing chemical equations. A carbide light is a lamp that combines water from an upper chamber with calcium carbide in a lower chamber. When water drips onto the calcium carbide, acetylene gas is produced. The gas flows to the top of the lamp and out through a hole at the tip of the light. A piece of flint is used to generate a spark, which ignites the gas.

Additional Information

The Science Teacher, 63 (5), 30 - 31
Language: English
Date: 1996
Carbide lights, Basic chemistry

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