why do different metals produce different colours when kept in flame?

Asked by Natasha banerjee | 2nd Mar, 2011, 04:43: PM

Expert Answer:

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When an element is burned it gives an emission spectrum. Since every element has different electron configurations and it is the outermost electrons that are excited by the heat energy and then relax giving off energy in the relaxation process each element emits light of a different energy (therefore wavelength) and so it is a different color.


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Answered by  | 2nd Mar, 2011, 12:32: PM

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