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The Smashing Thermit Reaction Thermodynamics Chemistry Demonstration Kit is a loud and fiery variation of the classic thermit reaction. Take two rusty iron balls, wrap one in aluminum foil, bang them together and watch the fireworks.

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This loud and fiery variation of the classic thermit reaction is sure to grab your students’ attention. Take two rusty iron balls, wrap one in aluminum foil, bang them together and watch the fireworks!

Enjoy all the pyrotechnics of the thermit reaction without the elaborate preparation and cleanup. The iron balls are easily recharged with rust and reusable an infinite number of times. A great introduction to single displacement and exothermic reactions. Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Oxidation–reduction, single replacement reaction, exothermic reaction, activation energy, thermit reaction.
Time Required: 5 minutes


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

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.