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Flame tests

Flame tests

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Three ceramic dishes each containing burning ethanol. Each dish has a different colour flame due to chemicals that have been added to the ethanol. Here they are (left to right): sodium chloride (yellow), potassium chloride (pale lilac) and barium sulphate (pale green). The colour of the flame is different for different elements and can be used to identify unknown substances.

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