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ERIC Number: EJ925942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Neat Trick Using Oxalic Acid Dihydrate and Potassium Permanganate and Other Experiments with Small Organic Amine or Oxygenated Compounds
Kelland, Malcolm A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n3 p276-278 Mar 2011
Solid potassium permanganate (KMnO[subscript 4]) is shown to react in a variety of ways with small organic amines or oxygenated compounds depending on whether they are liquids or solids and whether water is present. In particular, its reaction with solid oxalic acid dihydrate can be initiated by the moisture in one's breath, making an intriguing demonstration or even magic trick. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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