What is the Flame Test?

The Physical Science PACE 1113 refers to the “Flame Test” as a means of determining the identify of an element. It’s one thing to read about the color given off by a specific element, but it’s quite another thing to see several elements put to the test. Here we take several “salts” that contain alkali and alkaline earth metals and all appear as white powders (except one). By dipping a wet stick into the powder, and then inserting into a butane torch flame, the unique color of the metal is revealed. Hope you enjoy this demonstration that we did at our school!

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