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A “trick” shown to me by one of my students. Remove the “striker” from a book of matches. Scrape away most of the paper backing. Fold it lengthwise into a “^” shape with the striker side down. Place it on two dimes. Ignite one end and allow it to slowly burn. The result is a brown, oily substance deposited on the dimes. When taken into a darkened room, this substance, when rubbed between your fingers gives off a greenish light. What is the chemical reaction that takes place? Is there any danger involved in this?
Re: What causes luminescence from residue of burned match striker
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