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The Science of Fire

  • By Rick Groleau
  • Posted 01.01.02
  • NOVA

Combustion makes fireworks explode, matches catch fire, and candles burn. In this interactive, learn how a fire ignites, how chemical reactions rearrange the molecules of burning material, and what a flame is made of.

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Explore the basics of combustion and learn the physics and chemistry of burning in this virtual laboratory.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Fireworks!.

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