Shared June 28, 2016
Bill Hammack & Don DeCoste highlight the key points of Lecture Three of Michael Faraday’s lectures on The Chemical History of a Candle. A free companion book helps modern viewers understand each lecture — details at http://www.engineerguy.com — as does this commentary track and closed captions for each lecture.
►Free Companion book to this video series
Text of Every Lecture | Essential Background | Guides to Every Lecture | Teaching Guide & Student Activities
In these lectures Michael Faraday’s careful examination of a burning candle reveals the fundamental concepts of chemistry, while at the same time superbly demonstrating the scientific method. In this lecture Faraday investigates one of the products of combustion produced by a candle — water. From water he produces hydrogen and oxygen, whose properties he will investigate in more detail in the next lecture.
LINKS TO OTHER VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES
(1/6) Introduction to Michael Faraday’s Chemical History of a Candle
(2/6) Lecture One: A Candle: Sources of its Flame
(3/6) Lecture Two: Brightness of the Flame
(4/6) Lecture Three: Products of Combustion
(5/6) Lecture Four: The Nature of the Atmosphere
(6/6) Lecture Five: Respiration & its Analogy to the Burning of a Candle
► Bonus Videos: Lectures with Commentary
Lecture One: A Candle: Sources of its Flame (Commentary version)
Lecture Two: Brightness of the Flame (Commentary version)
Lecture Three: Products of Combustion (Commentary version)
Lecture Four: The Nature of the Atmosphere (Commentary version)
Lecture Five: Respiration & its Analogy to the Burning of a Candle (Commentary version)
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COMPANION BOOK DETAILS
The companion book is available as an ebook, in paperback and hardcover — and for free as a PDF. Details on all versions are at http://www.engineerguy.com/faraday
Michael Faraday’s The Chemical History of a Candle
with Guides to the Lectures, Teaching Guides & Student Activities
Bill Hammack & Don DeCoste
190 pages | 5 x 8 | 14 illustrations
Hardcover (Casebound) | ISBN 978-0-9838661-8-0 | $24.95
Paper| ISBN 978-1-945441-00-4| $11.99
eBook | ISBN 978-0-9839661-9-7 | $3.99
Audience: 01 — General Trade
SCI013000 SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCI028000 SCIENCE / Experiments & Projects
SCI000000 SCIENCE / General
EDU029030 EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
This book introduces modern readers to Michael Faraday’s great nineteenth-century lectures on The Chemical History of a Candle. This companion to the YouTube series contains supplemental material to help readers appreciate Faraday’s key insight that “there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of science than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.” Through a careful examination of a burning candle, Faraday’s lectures introduce readers to the concepts of mass, density, heat conduction, capillary action, and convection currents. They demonstrate the difference between chemical and physical processes, such as melting, vaporization, incandescence, and all types of combustion. And the lectures reveal the properties of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, including their relative masses and the makeup of the atmosphere. The lectures wrap up with a grand, and startling, analogy: by understanding the chemical behavior of a candle the reader can grasp the basics of respiration. To help readers understand Faraday’s key points this book has an “Essential Background” section that explains in modern terms how a candle works, introductory guides for each lecture written in contemporary language, and seven student activities with teaching guides.
Bill Hammack is a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois—Urbana, where he focuses on educating the public about engineering and science. He is the creator and host of the popular YouTube channel engineerguyvideo.
Don DeCoste is a Specialist in Education in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois—Urbana, where he teaches freshmen and pre-service high school chemistry teachers. He is the co-author of four chemistry textbooks.
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