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Why does "k" explode when it hits water?



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Potassium, K, reacts with water to form potassium hydroxide and water. In addition a fair amount of heat is released in this reaction.

2K + 2(H{2}O) => 2KOH + H{2}

The heat released is sufficient to ignite a hydrogen-oxygen reaction which can be rather explosive.

Greg



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