We were told:
Here lies Gillian, still and placid;
Who added water to the acid.
Clever Jane did as she oughter;
Added acid to the water.
And the reason for doing this is not simply to do with splashing, per se: If you add water
, the first drops of water will react
completely and exothermic
ally with the acid, very likely boil
ing it. If, on the other hand you add the acid
to the water, the acid reacts complete
ly with the water, and dissipate