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How do flames get their colour?

How do flames get their colour?
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Key Info
  • How do flames get their colour?
  • Duration: 03:13
  • Flames get their colour from the temperature and the gases released by the chemicals which make up the object being burned. Presenter Dr Yan explains this concept, giving a range of examples using flames of many different colours. Published as part of the Bang Goes the Theory website: bbc.co.uk/bang/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Changing Materials: Irreversible Change

  • Keywords: gas, radiation, molecules, infra-red, combustion, butane, fossil fuels, BangGoesTheTheory
Ideas for use in class
  • Use as a stimulus to investigate reversible and irreversible changes of state. Use as a stimulus for pupils' own research into changing state.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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