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Describes process of and factors influencing liquid to gas state change

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Money on Fire

How can we burn money without destroying it?

Credit: Images Money
Source: http://flic.kr/p/9VAzAf
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Have you ever heard the expression people burning money?  It figuratively means to spend all your money.  Another meaning of this expression is literal - people actually setting money on fire. Burning money is one example of a combustion reaction, and frankly, burning money is such a waste when you could spend it.  Instead, we can put evaporation into action, burn money and still spend the money. (Kids, don’t try this at home without an adult).

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  1. What allows the fire to burn? (Hint: What did you douse it in?  What do all fires need?)
  2. Why did the dollar not burn into ashes?
  3. Why did the dollar feel damp? (Hint: temperature of  evaporation of water/alcohol)

  4. Do you think this process works outside of money, like on clothes? (Kids, don’t try this at home!) 

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