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REACTION OF NON-METALS WITH OXYGEN/AIR

The following experiments show the reaction of non-metals with Oxygen and air. Burning Carbon Procedure (a) Using a pair of tongs hold a dry piece of charcoal on a Bunsen flame. Observe. Place the products in a beaker containing about 2cm3of water. Test the solution/mixture using litmus papers (b) Using a pair of tongs hold another piece of dry charcoal on a Bunsen flame. Quickly lower it into a gas jar containing Oxygen gas . Observe. Place about 2cm3¬†of water. Swirl. Test the solution/mixture using litmus papers   Observations -Carbon chars then burns with a blue flame -Colourless and odourless gas produced -Solution formed turn blue litmus paper faint red. Red litmus paper remains red.   Explanation Carbon burns in air and faster in Oxygen with a blue non-sooty/non-smoky flame forming Carbon (IV) oxide gas. Carbon burns in limited supply of air with a blue non-sooty/non-smoky flame forming Carbon (IV)… Read More »REACTION OF NON-METALS WITH OXYGEN/AIR

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