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Lab Report Phys and Chem Changes

Lab Report Phys and Chem Changes

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Billy FoshayDrew JacobsPeriod 6Dr. Debona
Observing Physical & Chemical Changes
1.Before heating a piece of copper wire in a bunsen burner flame, we observedcharacteristics of the copper that would help us decide whether the substance underwent a physical or a chemical change. We noticed that the copper was an orangy color, 3 cm in length,that it was ductile, had a smooth texture and a point tip. When we held the copper over the bunsen burner flame, the copper turned a bright orange while it was burning. Toward the end thecopper began to melt and came close to dripping. After taking the copper out of the fire andletting cool for a short amount of time, the copper was very bendable. We also noticed that asmall ball had formed at the top where the copper began to melt. Immediately after we took it outof the flame, the color of the copper was a blackish blue, but after letting it sit for a while thecolor turned back to more of an orange. These observations led us to believe that the copper underwent a physical change and not a chemical change. We were led to believe it was physical because there were no signs of gas, permeant color changes, or smell that would be signs of achemical change.2.The magnesium ribbon that was to be heated in the bunsen burner flame was silver, bendable, light, and brittle. When the magnesium ribbon was put into the flame, within 3 secondsthe ribbon glowed intensely bright white. There was a gas realized from the reaction. After beingremoved from the heat, the ribbon fell apart into little pieces of a white ash-like substance. After cooled, what was left of the magnesium ribbon if touched would break down into a white powder. These observations led us to believe that the magnesium ribbon underwent a chemicalchange. The bright white flashing, the release of a gas, and complete transformation from

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