How can I connect a chemistry flame test lab to real life?

Friday, July 24th, 2009 | Chemistry

Everything Happens to Be Purple asked:

I did a flame test lab in chemistry a while back, and I have to connect it to real life. How do I do this? We simply noted down the colors of the flame with barium, strontium, calcium, lithium, sodium, potassium chloride.

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3 Comments to How can I connect a chemistry flame test lab to real life?

Irv S
July 25, 2009

That bright yellow you got from the Sodium is what you see in streetlamps. (Sodium vapor).
Barium & Strontium are popular for colored fireworks.

goerge f
July 27, 2009

If you want to check if your water has a large amount of an element you can burn it I guess.

science teacher
July 27, 2009

Strontium and others are used to get the colors i fire works.

If soup is spilled on a gas stove, you see an orange flame- table salt, sodium.

Scientists use a similar method to identify elements in unknown compounds.

Fireplace crystals that are used to clean chimneys contain these salts for color.

You should have used copper chloride also, it gives a pretty blue-green.

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