Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom

Two hands are writing on a white background. Each fingernail is painted bright green, and the writing surface has chemical formulas written in black, blue, and red.

Jessica Harrop describes the chemistry involved in the "Money to Burn" demonstration.

Chemistry Magicians

Dr. John Dolhun

Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri


Resource Description

Chemistry Behind the Magic features videos of exciting live chemistry demonstrations. The videos are enhanced by explanations of the science behind the demonstration, in a fun and easy to understand format.


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