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During a flame test, why do we heat the metal to get the different colors?

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  1. JFraser
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    In order to emit the different colors of light, an atom's electrons have to "jump" to a higher energy level "orbit", and emit light when they "fall" back down again. Without a source of energy, like a flame or electricity, there won't be colors.

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