In this Activity, students test common household substances to see how they change the way paper burns. Strips of filter paper are soaked in saturated solutions, dried, and briefly held in a flame. The Activity demonstrates the effectiveness of flame retardants. It could be used when discussing combustion reactions or during a unit on practical or everyday chemistry. It could also be used in a safety unit. If boric acid is used, the greenish flame produced may lead to a discussion of electron quantization and atomic emission.
Journal Staff; 2001, 78, 328A.