First: Stern warning / disclaimer... Don't try this at home. I am in NO way encouraging anyone to make a "worx bomb". I recommend suggesting the activity to a chemistry teacher or someone who will have the proper safety tools at their disposal. I am not responsible for any injury you may sustain during the recreation of this experiment. You assume all risk and liability. The chemical reaction involved generates a significant amount of heat along with an aqueous aluminum chloride solution, and can be dangerous if one does not take the proper precautions. Now let's have some fun!
This instructable will be submitted in both the Mad Scientist contest and the Teacher's Contest.
This experiment is perfect for the mad scientists out there because of the intense reaction. It is also perfect for science teachers because the materials are cheap and easy to come by (always a plus on an educators' budget), and the reaction that takes place is quite simple for students to understand.
Educational objectives can be modified for different ages and ability levels. NOT recommended for students younger than 8th grade.
Student will demonstrate ability to...
create a replacement reaction.
describe what happens during a chemical change and four possible clues that it has taken place.
apply the law of conservation of mass to chemical reactions
relate pure chemistry to applied chemistry.
describe the relationships among the temperature, pressure and volume of a gas
write a word equation.
write a balanced chemical equation.
Extension: identify areas affected by chemistry research
Step 1: Materials
Worx toilet bowl cleaner (20% hydrogen chloride)
250 mL Flask
9 inch balloon
Matches (now you know this is going to be awesome!)
You may want to have a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
See why in the video (Filmed with the GoPro2... the room doesn't fill with smoke, it's just a little condensation on the lens. Check out step 4 for more video action).