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firewatch

A Pringles® potato chip can is filled with hydrogen gas and ignited. The hydrogen burns with a yellow flame for about one minute. As the air mixes with the hydrogen the flame will become smaller and smaller. Just before the mixture explodes a slight whistling can be heard. When the mixture explodes the plastic lid on the bottom will fly off and the can will shoot about 10 feet in the air.

Concepts

  • Hydrogen Gas
  • Combustion
  • Stoichiometry