The Thrill!


It’s hard to describe the thrill and excitement of seeing something for the first time. Something that no other living eyes have ever seen.

I’ve for some time had an interest in why the alkali metals (sodium, potassium etc) explode in water.

First step of course is to get a feel for the orders of magnitude you are dealing with such that you don’t blow your fingers off or something, but even this tinkering has proved to be fascinating beyond my wildest expectations! (albeit thanks to at least 3 slow motion camera)

~200mg (1/5th gram) potassium, reacting with water!

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3 Responses to “The Thrill!”

  1. Johanna Says:

    Sounds like good fun!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Loved the fulll video, even listening to the audo alone of the reaction in the flask was astounding, like the sound effects to a 50’s sci-fi movia a la Forbidden Planet. Great stuff!

  3. Grand Lunar Says:

    I know the feeling, even when it involves things other people have seen before (for me, it’s mainly been observing stars and other things through a telescope).

    I knew sodium reacts violently with water. Had no idea other elements did too!

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