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2016 Chemistry Show

Saturday, October 1, 2016
WTHR 200

Chemistry ShowAlchemy takes center stage at Oct. 1 chemistry show

Purdue University's Department of Chemistry will return to the historical alchemy and some of the first understanding of basic principles of chemistry in a one-hour show Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Purdue campus.

"The Chemistry of Alchemy" will be held 10:30 a.m. in Room 200 of Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry. The demonstrations are geared for children and adults of all ages and are open to the public free of charge.

During the show, Paul Smith, lecture demonstration director for Purdue's Department of Chemistry, will draw upon audience participants and a variety of techniques to illustrate chemical principles. Demonstrations will include:

  • A "race" designed to illustrate lessons in chemical concentration, measurement and rate of change. Audience participants will compete to produce reactions that cause chemicals to progressively change in color.
  • A bubbly brew created to show how the surface tension and composition of solutions work together in producing mixtures.
  • A candlelight lesson designed to present information on simple combustion reactions.
  • Dividing water and show a modern day use of these products in a fuel cell.
  • Burning paper with super-heated water.

Source: Paul E. Smith, Department of Chemistry Director of Lecture Demonstrations

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