What if your refreshing glass of water spontaneously bursts into the fire at your face?
A few days back, I was helping a class XI student with her chemistry chapter in school. I was explaining to her how the properties of substances change when they combine. The simplest example I could give her was of water. We all know water (H2O) is made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. We also know that oxygen is essential for combustion and keeps a fire going after it has been ignited (that is why we fan the coals in barbeque).
If you have forgotten, let me remind you of the basic chemistry we studied in school that hydrogen is highly flammable when it reacts with oxygen. It is amazing that the one assists in the fire, and the other itself highly flammable…
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