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7th Class Science Acids, Bases and Salts Method of Testing Acid and Base

Method of Testing Acid and Base

Category : 7th Class

*     Method of Testing Acid and Base


The testing of acid is done by indicators, i.e. litmus.


*           Testing of Add

It requires two litmus, two beakers and the solution of acid and base. The nature of substance, whether it is acidic or basic is obtained from the colour of litmus. The blue color of litmus turns into red, if the solution ,s acidic. The red color of litmus turns into blue, if the solution is basic.


Look at the following picture of testing of Acid

Blue litmus turns to red                              Red litmus turns to blue


All acids are aqueous solutions and conducts electricity. The dry cell is filled with acid. It is present inside the small chamber of the cell. The high capacity of battery is also made up of acid. Positive ion of an acid acts as the positive is terminal of the battery and negative ion acts as negative terminal of the battery.


Look at the following picture:



Acid filled jar (A)       Base filled jar (B)


In the above picture, jar (A) has acid and an electrical bulb is connected in series. Conducting rod inside the jar is used as a switch. Positive terminal of battery is connected to one end of the bulb and negative terminal of battery is connected to a conducting rod. Another end of the bulb is connected to another rod. Bulb starts glowing, when both rods are into acid and they are not in contact with each other. Therefore, it is clear from the above experiment that current flows through acid.

Read the following about the common indicators and its colour in acid:


                Indicators Colour in acid
Blue litmus Red
Methyl orange Orange
Phenolphthalein Colorless

When a metal (Calcium, magnesium, Sodium) is heated in the presence of oxygen a metallic or base oxide is formed.


(Sodium)    (Oxygen)    (Sodium Oxide)

Some bases are Iron oxide, Calcium hydroxide  Magnesium oxide  aluminum hydroxide . etc.  


Read the Following about the Common Indicators and its Colour In base  

                Indicators Colour in base
Red litmus           Blue
Methyl orange        Yellow
Phenolphthalein        Pink





     The indicator, phenolphthalein turns into which one of the following colour in the acidic solution?

(a) Red

(b) Black

(c) White

(d) Colorless

(e) None of these


Answer (d)



     Which one of the following metals is heated in the presence of oxygen for obtaining sodium oxide?

(a) Copper

(b) Iron

(c) Sodium

(d) Steel

(e) None of these


Answer: (c)


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