Gun Powder "Black Powder"

Denny Valenzuela, Yazmin Mendoza, Savannah Marin

Who Invented it and when was it invented?

Gun Powder, also known as black powder, was invented during the Tang Dynasty, around 850 AD. The purpose for the invention was just an accidental discovery. An enterprising alchemist discovered it, his name is unknown.

Why was it invented?

The invention of gun powder was an accident, when an alchemist mixed 75 parts saltpeter, with 15 parts charcoal and 10 parts of sulfur, a reaction occurred that caused many of the workers to be burned and the building they were working in was burned down.

How does it work?

With the sulfur, saltpeter and charcoal combined, it causes a chemical reaction that causes an a explosion of fire and noise like a "boom."

Inventions that were discovered because of Gun Powder.

  • Fireworks
  • Used for military purposes against the Mongols in the Song Dynasty era. They used "flying fire", an arrow with a burning tube of gunpowder attached to the shaft.
  • Primitive hand grenades
  • Poisonous gas shells
  • Flame Throwers
  • Land Mines
  • Cannons
  • Guns
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