Video: The chemistry behind black powder

The chemistry behind black powder (video)
Credit: The American Chemical Society

Old-school gunpowder is really called "black powder," and it was so crucial to the Revolutionary War effort that early Americans went to great (and gross) lengths to make it.

This week on Reactions, find out what exactly those lengths were:


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Jun 27, 2019
I would love to see the transcripts from videos like this. It would really motivate me to do more than see the video link and close the tab with that article.

Jun 27, 2019
Maybe an advertisement for a video that's not hosted on this site isn't the most appropriate thing to be posting here.

Jun 27, 2019
Meanwhile, black powder is made from charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate. The potassium nitrate is usually collected from sites where mammals urinate. This has been known since the Middle Ages in the West, and possibly longer than that in China. So no surprises here.

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