16 Striking GIFs Of Chemical & Physical Reactions

There’s a subreddit devoted to GIFs of chemical reactions. They are hypnotizing.

1. Sodium polyacrylate and water

Sodium polyacrylate can absorb over 200 times its mass in water.

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2. Fluorine reacting with hydrogen in a balloon

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3. A neodymium magnet falling through a copper pipe

Magnetic field equilibrium.

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4. A kernel of corn popping

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5. Deflecting a stream of water with a charged rod

You can also do this (to a lesser extent) by rubbing a balloon on your hair, then holding it next to your running sink.

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6. Mercury(II) thiocyanate decomposition

Heating mercury(II) thiocyanate causes it to release toxic gases and decompose into an insoluble brown mass.

ID: 729821

7. Hydrogen peroxide mixed with potassium iodide

The iodide catalyzes the decomposition of the hydrogen peroxide. A small amount of dishwashing soap is usually added so that the resultant oxygen is caught in the bubbles, forming a tower of foam.

ID: 729958

8. Copper reacting with nitric acid


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9. Electrical treeing

Electrical discharge.

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10. Water crystalizing into snow

ID: 729917

11. Firework explosion in slow motion

ID: 729942

12. Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction

A slowly propagating chemical oscillation containing bromine and an acid.

ID: 729930

13. Lithium on fire

ID: 730223

14. A candle lit by its vapor trail

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15. Orange LED light immersed in liquid nitrogen

The wavelength & frequency of the light changes as it loses thermal energy.

ID: 730059

16. Flammable fluid in a glass jug

Isopropyl alcohol, most likely.

ID: 729854

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