Video: Watch the chemistry of a burning match in ultra-slow motion

February 23, 2016, American Chemical Society
Credit: The American Chemical Society

To fire up the grill or the gas stove, we often reach for a match. It turns out there's a lot of chemistry going on to make those little wooden wonders work. The best way to find out about the chemistry of burning matches is to watch it in ultra-slow motion.

This week, Reactions explains the science with special footage courtesy of UltraSlo.

Watch the beautiful chemistry here:

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