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random chemistry question

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Sandman1278, May 13, 2006.

  1. What chemical burns a purple flame???:help:
  2. pooch0072


    Sep 27, 2005
    do not quote me on this, but if my memory is correct ( which it probably isn't), molecules contain potassium (i.e. KMNO4)
  3. jade


    Mar 8, 2002
  4. trog


    Nov 8, 2003
    Potassium is the most common one afaik (As it's less likely to explode and take your eyes with it), and probably the one you're thinking of.
  5. I was going to say permanginate, but thats just a purple liquid, potassium it is :)

    Caesium and Rubidium are a tad on the very volatile
  6. barthanatos

    barthanatos Insert witty comment here

    Feb 8, 2006
    South Carolina
    aka Cesium, in the English-mangling US.
  7. Is it actually spelt differently in the US? i didnt think that would happen, you know the periodic table being all about introducing standards etc etc
  8. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    well, there's still the great "aluminium" vs. "aluminum" debate...
  9. If you mix copper sulfate with potassium permanginate and then light it you will get a vivid purple flame.

    Or you can just scrap off the powder from a bunch of sparklers and mix it together. Basically the same thing.:D

    Rock on
  10. I knew they were pronounced differently, but, again didnt know the spelling differences

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