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MATCHMAKER

Stick matchsticks together by lighting them

Suitable For

Grade 1

Difficulty

2

Time Required

 <1 Hour

Supervision

Required

What’s it about?

In this science experiment you will burn matches to form a new substance that will cause them to stick together:

Topics covered

Friction

What will I need?

  • SAFETY MATCHES

Procedure (Method)

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

How does it work?

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

The head of a safety match is made of sulphur, glass powder and an oxidizing agent. When a match is struck, the friction caused by the rubbing glass powder, produces heat to turn some of the red phosphorus on the striking surface into white phosphorus which catches fire in air. This small amount of heat starts a chemical reaction that uses the oxidizing agent to produce oxygen gas. The heat and oxygen gas then cause the sulphur to become flammable and ignites the wooden match. In this science experiment, the head of the two matches held together burns or ‘oxidizes’ to form a new ‘cinder’ type substance that holds the matches together.

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