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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Sandman1278, May 13, 2006.
What chemical burns a purple flame???
do not quote me on this, but if my memory is correct ( which it probably isn't), molecules contain potassium (i.e. KMNO4)
Caesium - Pale violet
Potassium - Lilac
Rubidium - Pale violet
I found it at this site: http://www.answers.com/topic/flame-test
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.
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
aka Cesium, in the English-mangling US.
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
well, there's still the great "aluminium" vs. "aluminum" debate...
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.
I knew they were pronounced differently, but, again didnt know the spelling differences