How to mix acid into water
Do it wrong you will regret it. by Harrison Haas
How do they react
The reaction between an acid and a water is exothermic meaning it releases energy during the reaction. In this case, lots of energy. This energy comes from the breaking of bonds between the sulfuric acid and the water.
Water is far lighter (less dense) a liquid than sulfuric acid
When you do this a violent reaction ensues and because of the highly exothermic reaction of the acid and the water it emits lots of heat, thus boiling the water. And in addition to getting boiling water all over your face you also get the pleasure of having acid splashed all over your face.
This could be YOU if you mix water into acid
(This is not actually what happens, but if you pretend that it is what will happen maybe it will help you avoid making the mistake :) )
Acid Use safty
ALWAYS MIX ACID INTO WATER:
If you add acid into water it will sink right to the bottom of the water in a clump and create a slower reaction.
How to dress in the lab when acid is present:
- Goggles should completely cover your eye at all times.
- Safety face shield: Wear over the top of any safety glasses or goggles. (if mandated by instructor)
- Full-length acid smock to be worn over regular clothing.
- Rubber gloves should always be worn.
- Hard leather shoes.
Common acids and their properties
422-2222, U Police. "Acid Safety Manual / Acid Hazard / Acid Handling Instructions / MSDS Information." BYU Cleanroom. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2013. <http://www.cleanroom.byu.edu/acid_safety.phtml>.