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Lecture Demonstrations


Choose a demonstration which has illustrations and video to help you understand how they work.

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Combustion of methanol
Electrolysis of water
Igniting a hydrogen filled balloon
Cathode ray tube
Immersing a rose in liquid nitrogen
Ammonium dichromate volcano
Collapsing can
Addition of bromine
Magnetic liquid oxygen
Ammonia fountain
Silver Nitrate and Sodium Chloride
Aluminum and Bromine
Balloon and Liquid Nitrogen

Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign