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Bunsen Burner

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Practise how to optimise the set up of a bunsen burner to obtain a suitable flame, including making decisions on the air inlet, needle valve and heat proof mat.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to safely and effectively optimise the set up of a bunsen burner
  • Understand the considerations that need to be made for the air inlet and needle valve
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • How to adjust the air inlet to achieve a yellow or a blue flame 
  • When a yellow flame is appropriate and when a blue flame is required 
  • Why a heat proof mat should be used 
  • Where to position the tube to efficiently heat the solution

Working in a Safe Manner

  • How to prevent the solution from bumping out of the boiling tube 
  • How to set the needle valve to avoid an unnecessarily large flame

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Dr. Vino Paideya
KwaZulu-Natal University

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