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Ask Dr. Universe: What is fire?

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – There’s nothing like taking a little catnap by the fireplace, feeling the heat, watching the flames and listening to crackling sounds. But until you asked, I wasn’t entirely sure what this mesmerizing thing was or how it works.

I decided to find out from my friend Michael Finnegan. He’s a chemistry professor here at Washington State University.

In the 4th grade Finnegan got a chemistry set that came with a chemistry book. He read about how everything around us is made up of building blocks called atoms. He learned how atoms get together to form molecules.

And when different atoms and molecules come together, they can react in different ways.

Read all of this answer from Dr. Universe at https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/2016/02/22/fire-what-is-it/.

 

A service of Washington State University, Ask Dr. Universe answers some of the most interesting, tough and smart questions from curious kids all around the world.

 

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