Oxygen and Steel wool reaction
By: Liam Herkins and Tim Monica

The low temperature 25.7 degrees celsius and escalated to 34.3 degrees celsius.

During our experiment, the steel wool began to make a greenish brown coloration on the outside while also making a fowl odor.  The temperature escalated to 34.5 degrees Celsius.  We then picked it up wafting then recognizing the large heat signature from within the steel wool.

Balanced Equation

4 Fe 3O2> 2 Fe2O3

Reactants                                   Products

       4 Fe                                           4 Fe    

       3 O                                             3 O        

This is a Exothermic reaction because the product used in the experiment had a large temperature uprising.

Steel wool, also known as wire wool or wire sponge, is a bundle of very fine and flexible sharp-edged steel filaments. It was described as a new product in 1896, it is very flammable and used as art in some cases in run down train stations when the embers of the lighted steel wool is spun and a very high velocity causing a very pretty light show (don't try this at home).

Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.  C2H4O2 is the chemical formula for vinegar


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