AQA GCSE Chemistry

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8.2.2 Test for Oxygen

Glowing Splint Test

  • The test for oxygen consists of placing a glowing splint inside a test tube of gas
  • If the gas is oxygen the splint will relight

Test for Oxygen, IGCSE & GCSE Chemistry revision notes

Diagram showing the test for oxygen gas

Exam Tip

Sometimes the splint does not relight, but it glows very brightly, which is also a positive result. In an exam, however, it is best to state it relights the glowing splint.

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