Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 09:53:57 -0600

Author: David Kardelis

Subject: RE: Weird mercury tube


I have one of these too. I use it to show what happens as a material heats
up. Increases molecular vibration, expansion. Don't know if that was its
original use but that's all I could come up with.


David Kardelis 451 E 400 N
Chairman, Dept of Chemistry and Physics Price, UT 84501
College of Eastern Utah
435-613-4201 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Duane Pontius []
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 8:36 AM
Subject: Weird mercury tube


We're moving into a new building, which entails plowing through piles
of weird objects in the demo room that haven't been disturbed for
decades. One item in particular has everyone puzzled. It's a sealed
glass tube with a few cc's of mercury and some bluish-purple
crystals. The tube is supported in a heat-resistant clamp, so I
presume it was once heated. Anybody have any ideas about what it
might be good for, or should I consign it for hazardous waste
disposal? Thanks.