Magnesium Burns In Steam


Purpose:

  1. To determine the effect of placing lighted magnesium ribbon into steam produced by boiling water.

Materials:

  1. Water
  2. Flask
  3. Tongs
  4. Magnesium ribbon
  5. Ring stand
  6. Bunsen burner

Procedure:

  1. Place flask containing water on the ring stand.
  2. Light the bunsen burner under the flask and let the water boil.
  3. Place a strip of magnesium ribbons in the tongs, then ignite it by placing it in the flame of the Bunsen burner.
  4. With the tongs, lower a piece of lighted magnesium ribbon into the steam.

Questions:

  1. What happened to the magnesium ribbon when it was lowered into the steam?
  2. Why does the magnesium continue to burn brightly, instead of going out?