What Happens When We Burn Magnesium Metal?

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When magnesium metal is burnt, it oxidizes or rather reacts with oxygen producing a white light, this results into formation of a compound, magnesium oxide, which is smelly and white in colour. At room temperatures, magnesium metal combines with air to form a thin skin of magnesium oxide. Magnesium is a group two metals with an atomic number of twelve and oxidation number +2.
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when magnesium is burnt it starts to spark and then shines a very bright light and is left with a powder which is called magnesium oxide (MgO)
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if this is lecture material homework,...it makes the compound Magnesium oxide... ----------------- if this is a lab experiment homework it makes a mixture of compounds, not the least
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When you burn magnesium, it combines with oxygen in air to form an ionic compound known as magnesium oxide (MgO). Burning magnesium can however be dangerous because it is a high-heat reaction. It is important to note that using a carbon dioxide or water fire extinguisher on a magnesium fire will only make it worse.
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