4F10.50 - Gas Properties and Flammability

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Gas Properties and Flammability
Gas laws
Area of Study:
Chemistry and Physics
Balloons (Large and Small), Fishing Line with Swivels attached, Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Helium gases, Candle on 2-meter stick, Disposable Grill Lighter, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protectors.

See also 4F10.50 in Heat and Fluids

See the files or the hardcopy 4F10.50 entry for directions.

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