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This is an inquiry based Flame test that is easy to set up, clean up and implement. I designed this lab to be used with challenging students, but can be used for all levels. As it is inquiry based, there is no need for the students (or teacher) to keep track of which solutions are being used! The student merely take the toothpick out of prepared solutions, keep them separate and place them into a flame to determine what metal ion is present. The chart that is included on the worksheet asks them to match the color of the flame to the metal ion present.