With the Flame Tests Chemistry Laboratory Kit, students observe the characteristic color of light emitted by metallic salts when placed in a flame. This basic lab activity is ideal for physical science and introductory chemistry classes.
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Add a splash of color to your flame! In this kit, students will observe the characteristic color of light emitted by metallic salts when placed in a flame. By simply dipping a moist wooden splint in the solid metallic salt then placing the wooden splint in the flame, students will be able to identify the color of light emitted for calcium, copper, lithium, potassium, sodium and strontium. The basic lab activity is ideal for physical science and introductory chemistry. Incorporate the optional data analysis section and extensions to challenge your higher level students. Includes reproducible student handouts, complete Teacher Notes with sample data, answers to questions and ideas for extensions plus all materials needed to perform the lab.
Complete for 30 students working in pairs.
Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Science & Engineering Practices
Developing and using models
Disciplinary Core Ideas
MS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
Structure and function
MS-PS4-2. Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.