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Sodium Fire Water!

Updated on April 10, 2008

Fire Water from Sodium!

Hi - Scott Bradley here in the drinking water lab - sometimes we have some fun with our laboratory equipment. Today just happens to be one of those days!

I'm introducing highly concentrated sodium (Na+), in 2% nitric acid solution to the the flame side of the atomic absorption spectrometer. This is the same type of analytical instrument can be used to detect metals in water at the parts per billion level and above.

You guessed it - don't try this at home!!! : 0

Notice how nice and bright the sodium flame is? It is still very reactive and provides an exothermic reaction even in aqueous form.

Yes, mom, we still like making bright fires!

Scott J. Bradley


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