Does Aluminum Burn?

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Aluminum burns when exposed to a flame, as it is a reactive and flammable metal. It burns in oxygen with a white flame and by forming aluminum trioxide. The oxide layer that always covers the aluminum metal protects it from reacting with the air.

The removal of the oxide layer allows the metal to react with air and water. An experiment was conducted to determine whether aluminum foil is burnt or melted when exposed to a flame. The results revealed that aluminum foil lost its physical and chemical properties after exposure to a flame. It indicates that aluminum foil burned and did not melt when exposed to the flame.