Steel Wool and Vinegar

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Adding vinegar to a cup with steel wool to observe a reaction generating heat (note the wool needs to be removed from the vinegar then squeezed dry and left compressed) Oxidation then occurs and the temperature rises. Leaving steel wool in the vinegar only evaporates vinegar temperature remains same. To show reaction happening dip some wool in water and squeeze out next to vinegar wool lumps this lump neither heats up nor dis-colours.


Steel wool
Medium sized cup




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