Minerals: Luster

At first, many people find luster a bit confusing. Luster is the way that an object reflects light, and although the different types of luster can be difficult to describe, your daily experience makes them easy to recognize. Once you understand luster, you will recognize the common lusters instantly.

States of Matter

I collect books of science experiments, and it amazes me how many still teach the three states of matter. I thought that this time, we would look at the FOUR states of matter. (Actually, there are more states of matter, but these four are the common ones.)

Ice and Soda

This week's experiment came to me from my good friend Bob Cox. He told me about the trick and wanted to know why it worked. It took some thought and testing to come up with a theory of what is happening and then several e-mails to experts to confirm that I was on the right track.