Slightly-Mad Science: Colorful and Fiery Chemistry

Posted by slightlymadscience on Feb. 14, 2012

If you like, share on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and everywhere! Using a number of metallic salts and other chemical substances, one can create fire of various colors. In this demonstration I use Boric Acid, Copper Chloride, Potassium Iodide, and Strontium Chloride. All video shot at 300 frames per second. By giving the electrons in the elements heat energy using fire, the electrons go to a higher energy level. In order to return to their original orbital state, they release this excess energy as photons. The wavelength of these photons determine the colors you see in the flames in the video. This video is not intended as educational, but not for reproduction. Many safety measures are taken that are not detailed here, nor were the many small scale tests run to ensure safety. Please do not try this at home. If you have a chemistry instructor handy, they may be willing to demonstrate this concept in the lab or at least provide more detail than provided here - so dont be afraid to ask! Music used is

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