You might have seen this wacky experiment in a chemistry class or on late-night TV. Dropping a mixture into some hydrogen peroxide produces a huge foamy flume. But what’s actually causing that big mess? Turns out it’s a great illustration of a key concept in chemistry. In this week’s video, Reactions teams up with chemistry professor Matt Hartings, PhD, to explain the Elephant Toothpaste experiment.
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