NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY
National Bunsen Burner Day on March 31st each year honors the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.
Named after Robert Bunsen, a Bunsen burner is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame. Labs use the Bunsen burner for heating, sterilization, and combustion. The gas can be either natural gas (usually methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane or a mixture of the two.
The invention of the Bunsen burner opened up new opportunities for the use of natural gas. A standard tool in chemistry, the Bunson burner is found throughout schools and laboratories around the world. Most students become familiar with the use of Bunsen burner for at least one semester during their high school career.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBunsenBurnerDay
Share your experiences from science class or in the lab as a scientist using the Bunsen burner. Give a shout out to your favorite science teacher or lab partner. You can also share your favorite experiments using the Bunsen burner. You can also learn more about Robert Bunsen, his career and life. Review the main types of flame produces by the Bunsen burner and what their colors mean. What temperatures does the Bunsen burner reach and how does this impact an experiment?
Use #NationalBunsenBurnerDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY HISTORY
The day commemorates the birth of chemist this standard chemistry tool is named for. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Bunsen Burner Day.
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