How acids create dramatic chemical reactions


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the American Chemical Society’s Reactions series and features a look at how acids can cause exciting chemical reactions.

Acids are a substance that give off hydrogen ions known as protons, which are extremely reactive. When a loose proton encounters certain other molecules, electron chaos creates entirely new substances.

One classic example would be when an acid comes into contact with a metal and creates hydrogen gas and salt.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: American Chemical Society