Title: In The Margin

Author: SammyQuill

Series: Manga

Word Count: 439

Characters: Roy, Riza, Hawkeye-sensei

Summary: Roy's notes on fires and flames… and Riza.

Warnings: Boring scientific stuff

Note: My information source for all the fire related info here is from Wikipedia so forgive me if it isn't all accurate. Also, many thanks to maryh10000 who came up with the wizard idea of putting a negative behind the infinity symbol. XD

Roy Mustang's Alchemy Notes – October 6th

Fire - the rapid oxidation of a material in the chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products.

Flame - visible portion of the fire and consists of glowing hot gases. If hot enough, the gases may become ionized to produce plasma.

Formula - start when a flammable and/or a combustible material, in combination with a sufficient quantity of an oxidizer such as oxygen gas or another oxygen-rich compound (though non-oxygen oxidizers exist that can replace oxygen), is exposed to a source of heat or ambient temperature above the flash point for the fuel/oxidizer mix, and is able to sustain a rate of rapid oxidation that produces a chain reaction.

Composition/ratio- If I knew that, I wouldn't be here, would I?

Roy Mustang's Alchemy Notes – October 16th

Flame (revised) - a mixture of reacting gases and solids emitting visible and infrared light, the frequency spectrum of which depends on the chemical composition of the burning material and intermediate reaction products. In many cases, such as the burning of organic matter, for example wood, or the incomplete combustion of gas, incandescent solid particles called soot produce the familiar red-orange glow of 'fire'.

Hmm… sounds incredibly familiar no? Looks like both father and daughter favor the substance. Wonder if her eyes are a product of alchemy…

Roy Mustang's Alchemy Notes – October 26th

Gravity - Modifying the gravity causes different flame types. The common distribution of a flame under normal gravity conditions depends on convection, as soot tends to rise to the top of a general flame, as in a candle in normal gravity conditions, making it yellow. In micro gravity or zero gravity, convection no longer occurs, and the flame becomes spherical, with a tendency to become bluer and more efficient (although it may go out if not moved steadily, as the CO2 from combustion does not disperse as readily in micro gravity, and tends to smother the flame).

Is that why I always end up making a show of myself whenever Riza's watching? Because gravitational force is different around her? Plausible, my feet do feel lighter and my head definitely feels emptier. I suspect long hours in her company might even make my tongue swell and drain of all moisture, making me incapable of intelligible speech.

Roy Mustang's Alchemy Notes – November 6th

Typical temperatures of fires and flames

* · Oxyhydrogen flame: 2000 °C or above (3645 °F)
* · Bunsen burner flame: 1,300 to 1,600 °C (2,372 to 2,912 °F)
* · Blowtorch flame: 1,300 °C (2,370 °F)
* · Candle flame: 1,000 °C (1,830 °F)
* · Riza Hawkeye's Glare: - ∞ °C (- ∞ °F)

End Note: I've been writing these for some prompts on the LiveJournal community fma_fic_contest. Not sure how loosely connected these notes will be but what I am sure of is that they will feature lots of young Royai fun! I offer these in lieu of an apology for anyone who cried over Almost Here.

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