Chlorine and Sodium
Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.
A scientist gives you two jars: one is filled with the poisonous gas of chlorine, and the other filled with the dangerously reactive element called sodium. He will pay you 5 million dollars if you ingest both jars. How do you do it without killing yourself?
HintYou do not take both of them straight. Think of the scientific name of something you eat every day.
Easy. You pour the contents of both jars together in a heated chamber, heat the chamber to 5000 degrees Fahrenheit, and VOILA the two elements combine to give you sodium chloride. Otherwise known as table salt.
Apr 09, 2002
|How would I heat a chamber to that temperature?|
Apr 10, 2002
|you would heat a chamber to that temperature by going to a laboratory where you can do that sort of thing!|
Apr 15, 2002
|not only that but if u mix those two chemicals together esactly then they will cancle each other out and it wont harm u. my 8th grade science teacher got us on that one because he started class by going i am sick of u guys and u know how last class that i told you about sodium and chlorine well here i will mix both of them together and it will be twice as bad and then i will drink it then i will be gone. he mixed them drinked at and then he fell to the ground. we had no idea that he was still alive and we all crowded around him and then it got all queit then my friend tapped him, he didnt budge so he tapped him again and right before he touched him the teacher grabbed his finger and said gotch ya then he explained it.|
May 02, 2002
|if the scientist is smart, he will give you more chlorine that sodium, so youll end up with salt and chlorine, and he wont have to pay you, as youll be dead|
May 15, 2002
|All I know is that you'd have to ingest a heck of a lot of salt! ewww...|
Aug 14, 2002
|Jar, how big? Salt? Talk about dehydration!|
Dec 30, 2003
|Do you really need to heat the mixture? I thought the reaction is spontaneous at room temperature. |
Mar 16, 2006
|For this to work one must start with the same number of MOLES of each. One mole of sodium is 23.0g and one mole of chorine is 35.5g. Clearly a gas-filled jar chlorine will contain less in terms of moles than a jar of similar size filled with sodium metal. You would still die from the sodium. Heat is required, but adding a little water to the sodium provides enough heat to get started.|
Aug 04, 2006
|@ watupchicks: lmao, what a douche... that's pretty funny.|
Sep 30, 2006
I already knew this was coming before I saw the body(from the title).
Jan 28, 2008
|You forgot the part about preparing the steak and mashed potatoes.|
Jun 17, 2008
|you wouldn't even need to heat it! the REACTION IS EXOTHERMIC. IT WOULD HEAT ITSELF UP.|
Jan 31, 2012
|Oh yes, I mean, heating up the substances to fifty thousand degrees fahrenheit is such an easy thing to accomplish. "Easily." I don't know what kind of elements you've been ingesting, if you have a little mercury or lead poisining, or some radioactive uranium has been seeping into your body, but by my last calculation, being given JUST the two jars, getting them simultaneously to 50,000 degrees is tough. Oh, and wouldn't opening the lid of the Chlorine release the gas? Food for thought (PFffchfch)|
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