School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Of-5 Spectra of Salts (Flame Test)

Published: Wednesday 15 March 2006 - Updated: Monday 28 March 2011

Aim

To demonstrate the characteristic spectra emitted by various salts.

Apparatus

Diagrams

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Spectra of Salts Diagram

Description

The characteristic spectrum emitted by salts is easily demonstrated to a large audience by spraying a solution of the salt into the flame of a bunsen burner. For best results adjust the bunsen burner to give a large flame with little oxygen.

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