AQA GCSE Chemistry

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8.2.3 Test for Carbon Dioxide

Limewater Test

  • The test for carbon dioxide involves bubbling the gas through an aqueous solution of calcium hydroxide (limewater)
  • If the gas is carbon dioxide, the limewater turns milky or cloudy

Test for Carbon Dioxide, IGCSE & GCSE Chemistry revision notes

Diagram showing the test for carbon dioxide gas

Exam Tip

Sometimes students think that extinguishing a burning splint indicates carbon dioxide gas. However, while it is a property of carbon dioxide, other gases, such as nitrogen, will also do this, so the test is not definitive and should not be quoted in an exam answer.

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