Wonder Wednesdays – Flammable Water

Why doesn’t water burn?

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Think about it for a moment. Hydrogen is flammable. Oxygen is flammable. Water is H2O. Why when you put them together can you put out a fire with it? Shouldn’t it burn?

Answer: I must admit, I don’t understand the formula – chemistry isn’t my strong suit. If you want to read the formula, then you can find that here, which is where I found the answer to my question. If you’re like me and can’t quite wrap your head around the formulas, then here is the short and sweet answer: Water is the product of a chemical reaction, and thus, has lost all its react-y superpowers because it has already reacted to become what it is. Therefore, we can put out fires with a hydrogen-oxygen mix. Pretty cool, huh? 🙂

**This was posted earlier, but for some reason, it posted back in time to June 7th. I’m not sure why all my posts keep getting backdated like this, but it is starting to drive me nuts. 😆 Anyway, this is the first installment of Wonder Wednesdays, and I just added a “Wonder Wednesdays” category link in the header menu for easier navigation. 😀


13 thoughts on “Wonder Wednesdays – Flammable Water

  1. Chemistry is so complicated, haha! You’re right, the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen that creates water becomes not a gas but a liquid, and fire cannot thrive without gases. 🙂
    I have to be careful with my drafts, haha – if I’m not careful, I’ll click ‘publish’ and then it says it posted yesterday!

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    • Thanks! 😀

      Me too. It’s quite annoying. 😅 The lack of post today was partially because my Internet was down and partially because I forgot to schedule it. Oops. Hopefully it will go up tomorrow morning. 🙂

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  2. I had been waiting for this post and wondering why you weren’t posting it. Then it was recommended to me and I realized you had posted it and I missed it. XD Whoops. But hey, great job explaining something you didn’t 100% understand! I love the way you simplified it with “react-y superpowers.” My inner teacher was impressed. ^.^

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