When magnesium is heated at a high temperature and burnt in the presence of oxygen, magnesium oxide is formed. The reaction is interesting, due to the fact a burst of bright light is produced during the burning process. The magnesium and oxygen molecules combine in the high temperature conditions to form magnesium oxide, which is a molecule that combines atoms of both elements. The elements of oxygen and magnesium therefore have undergone a change in properties.
- Why is a flash of light produced in the reaction?
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