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Flame Tests

Use a platinum wire or wooden splint to hold a small amount of the substance in a flame. If using a split keep the splint moving so it doesn't burn.

Symbol Name Color
As Arsenic Blue
B Boron Bright Green
Ba Barium Light green
Ca Calcium Red-orange
Cs Caesium Pale violet
Cu(I) Copper(I) Blue
Cu(II) Copper(II) (non-halide) Green
Cu(II) Copper(II) (halide) Blue-green
Fe Iron Gold
In Indium Blue
K Potassium Lilac
Li Lithium Crimson
Mg Magnesium Brilliant white
Mg(II) Magnesium(II) No colour
Mn(II) Manganese(II) Yellowish green
Mo Molybdenum Yellowish green
Na Sodium Intense yellow
P Phosphorus Pale bluish green
Pb Lead Pale green
Rb Rubidium Pale violet
Sb Antimony Pale green
Se Selenium Azure blue
Sr Strontium Crimson
Te Tellurium Pale green
Tl Thallium Pure green
Zn Zinc Bluish green