What happens to carbon when it combusts? What does sodium look like while it burns? In Elemental Burning, creator Yan Liang’s team films the combustion of five elements: carbon, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulfur… and then see what compounds they change into afterward.

The video is another in the Beauty of Science video series, chemistry content created for K-12 STEM education. Watch a few more on this site: Crystallization2, a 4K macro time lapse and Beautiful Chemical Reactions.

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