Thu September 20, 2012 By: Megha Merin

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Thu September 20, 2012
Plaster of Paris is formed from gypsum. The gypsum is heated to 150 decrees Celsius and becomes a dry powder. When this powder is mixed with water it re-forms into a paste and eventually hardens into a solid. The powder mixed with water is held together by hydrogen bonds in the water molecules. This is a week bond that is easily broken. When Plaster of Paris and water are mixed together they undergo a chemical change. The particles rearrange to make a completely new substance. When plaster of Paris and water are mixed together the mixture becomes warm releasing energy in the form of heat therefore undergoing a chemical change.

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