Dangerous Marshmallows?!

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Burning a marshmallow can release more energy than detonating an equal mass of TNT…so why isn’t a marshmallow as dangerous?

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Chemical reaction: a process that involves rearrangement of the molecular or ionic structure of a substance
Exothermic reaction: a reaction that releases energy
Stoichiometry: a section of chemistry that involves using relationships between reactants and/or products in a chemical reaction to determine desired quantitative data
Reaction rate or rate of reaction: the speed at which a chemical reaction takes place

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