Introductory Chemistry for Pyrotechnists, Part 2: The Effects of Electrons

Wesley D. Smith

ABSTRACT: This is the second in a series of tutorials that introduce the concepts of chemistry to practicing pyrotechnists. The behavior of electrons in atoms is given as the fundamental explanation for all pyrotechnic processes. The periodic arrangement of the elements in a table and their tendencies to unite in chemical bonds are attributed to electrons. Even the production of heat, light, sound, and color in fireworks are ascribed to electronic movements.

Keywords: chemistry, electrons, periodic table, chemical bonds, oxidation, reduction, colored flames.

Ref: JPyro, Issue 2, 1995, pp15-21

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