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Flame Test Lab

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Have you ever seen a purple flame? How about blue? What do those brightly-colored blazes mean? Find out with this Safer Flame Test Kit!

The flame test is an analytical technique often used for the identification of certain elements, primarily metal ions. First, observe the color of the flame. Then view the light spectra emitted from the flame through a spectroscope.

Some versions of this test pose safety concerns for kids. But the Safer Flame Test Kit reduces safety concerns by using small candles. They're easier for students to work with and manage in a lab setting.

Despite the smaller flame, there is no loss in the clarity of the emission spectra from the candles. It's easy and safe for kids to observe and deduce which element causes the colored flame.

This Innovating Science Safer Flame Kit has enough material for 3 groups. Teacher’s Manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included.

You provide matches.

WarningWARNING: This product can expose you to Methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.


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Safer Flame Test Kit

  • 5 ml Boric acid in methanol, 10%
  • 250 g Sand
  • 1 pkg Color flame candles
  • 2 Alcohol burners
  • 10 Diffraction slides
  • 1 Spectroscope
  • 12 Small trays
  • Teacher's manual and reproducible student study guide


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