The Chemistry of Fireworks

Experiment with chemical compounds to produce the colors in fireworks! The lesson instructor demonstrates how adding high temperatures to specific compounds creates a colorful reaction—the same one people use to create fireworks. This is an episode of the ACS Reactions series.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create a list of the compounds mentioned in the lesson
  • Show videos of fireworks and have your classes predict the chemicals in each explosion
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a solid understanding of different types of elements
Pros
  • Offers closed captioning to assist in note taking
  • An expert in the field presents the information
Cons
  • None