Saturday, March 14, 2020

The chemical history of the candle essays

The chemical history of the candle essays After reading this novel I found out that Michael Faraday conducted many experiments that I read in my eighth grade science books. Faraday pioneered many scientific facts that are known and still used today. Thanks to Faraday many scientist can do more advanced experiments due to the fact that he paved the way for them. Michael Faraday (1791-1867) is still until this day considered probably the greatest experimental scientist of all time. He took huge risk in his experiments and still had enough faith in his work to continue. One of the many conclusions that are stated in The Chemical History of a Candle is that in order for or a flame to continue burning or combustion air is necessary. Faraday found this out when he put a burning candle inside a jar and noticed that the flame began to dim and finally died out because all of the air had been consumed, and the combustion couldnt continue without the lack of air. Faraday also found out that combustion creates carbon monoxide after it burns off of oxygen. Michael Faraday was also the first scientist to discover that water can be turned into vapor. To find this out he filled an empty flask with water and heated the vessel. After a few minutes of observation he noticed that steam started to exit the flask. Then he poured cold water on the flask and it collapsed and the steam turned back into water. This very experiment is still carried out today on various science fair projects. The flask after being heated is very delicate and therefore collapses easily when the cold water is applied. These are two of the many experiments that Faraday preformed that helped him become extremely famous. These experiments may not seem that fascinating now, but being that he preformed these two-hundred years ago when there werent many guarantees that a fatal chemical reaction wouldnt take place, these were extremely risky risk. I personally think that if I was in Mic...

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