Candle Trick

Classroom Material

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Veritasium
Subjects
Science
Audience
Classroom Teacher / Educator
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Candle Trick

Classroom Material

How to light a candle without touching a flame to the wick. A common misconception is that a candle burns by burning the wick. What is actually burning is wax vapour which is drawn up through the wick. When you blow a candle out, wax vapour continues to rise off the candle so you can light this vapour which burns back down to the wick, relighting the candle.

Author
Dr. Derek Muller
Publisher
Veritasium