Category Archives: Chemistry

Soapmaking 101

Several years ago we purchased half a beef from a local farm. Along with the meat the processor gave us several buckets of lard. The meat was quickly eaten by our family but the lard languished in the freezer until … Continue reading

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Making Magnalium

One thing that I like to do is make things from scratch. Particularly things that not everyone makes or can make. Magnalium is a 50 50 alloy of aluminum and magnesium that is used primarily in pyrotechnics. It is quite … Continue reading

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Chemical Kinetics

Chemical Kinetics The article in the March 2010 TCS http://sas.org/tcs/weeklyIssues_2010/2010-03-05/feature2/index.html on chemical kinetics inspired me to learn more about the subject. Chemical kinetics is not something that I had encountered in my meager chemistry education. Background Basically chemical kinetics is … Continue reading

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