Flame Test

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In chemistry, the flame test is used to find out what element is the most present in a compound or substance. Each element excites photons of a different wavelength, resulting in the brightly colored flame. The flame test can be conducted by placing the substance in the flame of a Bunsen Burner.

Examples

Element Color Picture (credit to original authors)
Magnesium White

(Intensely bright. Do not look at one.)

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Boron Green
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Copper Blue-green
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Potassium Light Purple
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Selenium Blue
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Sodium Yellow
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Strontium Red
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