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The Magnesium Fire Starter Thermodynamics Demonstration is an activity students will not soon forget! It is a quick, easy demonstration of how a substance at room temperature can reach 5400 ºF when sparked!

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A demo your students will not soon forget! A quick and easy demonstration of how a substance at room temperature can reach 5400 ºF when sparked. Can lead to discussions of the laws of thermodynamics and many other chemistry principles.

Instructions for Using the Magnesium Fire Starter
  1. Place the magnesium over a flame-resistant board.
  2. Using a knife, shave pieces off the narrow side of the magnesium block.
  3. Gather the magnesium shavings into a small pile.
  4. Turn the magnesium block so the flint rod insert is withing 2.5 cm of the pile of magnesium shavings.
  5. Scrape the knife blade down the flint rod, producting sparks that will ignite the magnesium shavings.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Planning and carrying out investigations
Asking questions and defining problems

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-4. Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.
HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
MS-PS1-6. Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.