How To Make Sodium Metal





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Published on Apr 30, 2011

This is one way sodium metal can be isolated using NaOH and Mg. Mg has a strong enough desire for oxygen to tear it from the NaOH, leaving ingots of elemental sodium behind.

2Mg + 2NaOH = 2MgO + 2Na + H2

Thanks to NurdRage for the equation.
http://www.youtube.com/NurdRage #NightHawkInLight

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Why not just heat the whole mixture under oil? Sodium melts at around 208F, and MgOH does not. The sodium could coalesce like on Nurdrage.
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aaaaaand im on the goverment watchlist
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Paul Crisan
I was gonna make a Sodium joke... But Na
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Super Kids
WARNING: Following this guide makes you a terrorist.
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THAT was unexpectedly violent! ;)
The Masked Assailant
I'd say I like sodium hydroxide, but that would be a lye.
Amos Backstrom
Would Al powder work at all? NaOH reacts with Al because it is amphoteric, but if you lit it quick enough could it work?
Im a bit confused with the extraction. When the sodium passes through the mineral oil layer and reacts with the water why doesnt it produce NaOH?
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Mason Poindexter
Hey, when you placed the slag in the measuring cup, why didn't it react how it did in the end of the video?
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I wish i would studied Chemistry....
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