It is an exothermic process by which a substance is oxidized (by an oxidizing agent such as oxygen) to release a large amount of energy in the form of heat and/or light.

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Combustion without hydrogen

Is there any fuels without hydrogen that will combust. My friend believes there might be and do to my experience I have never heard of one. Please explain and if u can show a balanced equation of this ...
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What causes incomplete combustion?

During the combustion of hydrocarbons, there is a difference between the amounts of carbon or hydrogen that results in incomplete or complete combustion of the material. My question is, besides from ...
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Is white phosphorus really a cool burning fuel?

About 11 months ago, I posted a question on this SE site on cool flames. One of the answers mentioned white phosphorus. However, a few weeks earlier, I played a game called Spec Ops: The Lines, in ...
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How to calculate the amount of water produced by the incomplete combustion of propane?

I was wondering if someone could walk me through how to do the following two questions? The complete combustion of pentane has a enthalpy change of $-3509~\mathrm{mol^{-1}}$. Write an equation ...
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What causes the difference in heat energy released by combustion for the butanol isomers?

I am currently working on an investigation where I am burning isomers of butanol to test for the heat of combustion values to see which fuel is most efficient. The fuels I am testing are 1-butanol, ...
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What factors are influencing a woosh rocket?

I asked this over at Physics, but no one seemed to know, so I'll try here: If I fill a plastic bottle with a small amount of rubbing alcohol, shake it around and hold a match to the bottle neck, I'll ...
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How does O2 support combustion? [duplicate]

How does $\ce{O2}$ support combustion?
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Best Fuel for Potato Gun

I have been using deodorant to propel potatoes (potato gun :D), but I want to switch over to pure butane. However, in order to do this safely I have to know how much butane is typically in deodorant ...
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Determination of AFR with Fuel Oil Analysis and given Excess Air

Fuel Oil has the following Analysis: C = 89% H2 = 8% N2 = 2% S = 1% With 3% Excess Air, what is the actual amount of air needed to burn the fuel oil? Answer is 14.17 So I try the Formula for ...
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Determining the Equivalence Ratio

Determine the equivalence ratio of the following mixture: 4g of Butane, $\ce{C4H10}$, and 75 grams of air. Answer is 0.82 Ok so I try converting everything into mols $4~\mathrm{g}~(\ce{C4H10}) ...
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Why is the maximum adiabatic temperature found for an equivalence ratio a bit higher than 1?

This question came up a few times in my combustion classes but that was a few years back, and now I forgot the answer. So why does the peak adiabatic temperature usually happen for an equivalence ...
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What are the differences between diesel and unleaded gasoline?

I am curious about the flammability of diesel fuel and its properties, as I don't deal with it on a regular basis (at all). In particular, I want to know how the fuel works when powering a diesel ...
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What is a kg.cal per gram, as a heat of combustion?

I see heats of combustion given in kg [dot] calories per gram molecular weight (Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 1969-1970). I don't know how that makes sense, as I don't know what a kg cal might ...
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test tube cracked when added glycerin to potassium permanganate

I am not expert in chemistry.I learned about combustion in reaction when added glycerine to potassium permagnet.I tried it at home, I took potassium permagnet in test tube and when I added glycerine ...
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Methylation of perchlorate

I am exploring (non-experimentally!) the methylation of a perchlorate precursor, either the acid or pre-existing salts, to produce the alkali methyl perchlorate. The methylating agent would be methane ...
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Predicting incomplete combustion?

I understand the concept of incomplete combustion and that it occurs when oxygen is not a large enough supply to allow for complete combustion. My question is: how can we model combustion properly in ...
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Combustion of halo-organic compound

My question is based on the Preparatory Problem Set for the 47th IChO Problem 26 - Holy War against Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (it is on page 36). It is written that cooling of Y combustion ...
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Can you melt wood?

We talked about it in our chemistry class but we couldn't get to a conclusion, any help?
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Burning a diamond produces how much energy?

How much energy is produced by burning a 1 ct. diamond? I'm trying to figure out how much energy to build the diamonds in a biological process. See here: ...
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Air contain 20 % O2 by volume. How many cm³ of air will be required for oxidation of 100 cm³ of acetylene?

Air contain 20 % $\ce{O2}$ by volume. How many cm³ of air will be required for oxidation of 100 cm³ of acetylene? (a) 1064 cm³ (b) 212.8 cm³ (c) 500 cm³ (d) 1250 cm³ Answer: (d) My ...
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How do I balance the reaction equation for combusting 1mol of 70%Butane 30%Propane gas mix, with excess air?

I am trying to work out how much water will be produced from the combustion of 1 mole butane/propane gas mix with air for an engineering project.
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Is it possible to find fire outside the Earth?

Excuse me if the question is silly, I have very little knowledge of chemistry. We can find oxygen in many places in the universe, but all the combustibles we use to light fire seems to be organic: ...
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Can covalently bonded hydrocarbons be influenced by a magnetic field?

I am doing a University project on Magnetically Assisted Combustion and am curious to know more about how magnetic fields may or may not affect gases such as butane and propane. I think I am right ...
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Chemical equilibrium for simultaneous dissociation reactions

While calculating the adiabatic flame temperature for the following combustion reaction: $$\ce{\Phi\, C2H6 + $3.5$\,(O2 + $3.76$\,N2) -> $a$\,CO2 + $b$\,CO + $d$\,H2O + $e$\,H2 + $f$\,O2 + ...
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What is the enthalpy of combustion for ethene given the values of enthalpy of formation?

I have answered this question and got a value of $\mathrm {1409 \space kJ\ mol^{-1}}$ however, the answer sheet says $\mathrm{-1009}$. Using the equation: $$\ce{C2H4 + 3O2 -> 2CO2 + 2H2O}$$ I ...
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“Alkanes must be vaporised before they will burn” - what does this mean?

What does this sentence mean - I assumed that burning vaporised something? If something is vaporised, isn't that turning it into a gas? How can you burn a gas? This is a sentence in my AS Chemistry ...
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Can paper burn without oxygen or air?

i.e: If you put a paper inside an oven vacuum packed and go beyond 250ºC, will it burn? There's no oxidizer. If not, what will happen?
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What would be the products? [duplicate]

So today in chemistry I did a lab by reacting calcium carbide with water to form acetylene gas. I brought a burning splint to the mouth of every test tube and waited until a reaction was complete. One ...
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Combustion in liquid state

Normally, we think of combustion as occurring only in the gas phase. I think I understand the main reason for this - in the gas phase it's very hard for a bimolecular reaction to produce a single ...
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Question regarding molar heat of combustion

Hi, I am able to do this question without the "80% of the heat released was absorbed by the water" part, and ended up getting 892.2g How, does "80% of the heat released was absorbed by the water" ...
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Equivalence ratio explained

To let you know where I'm coming from: I haven't studied chemistry since high school. I am now studying something else, but I have a dataset coming from your field and I would like some help in ...
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How do things heat one another? [duplicate]

For example, how does a gas stove heat a metal pot? A combustion reaction between the gas and the air takes place, and this releases energy due to new chemical bonds being formed. Do the atoms in ...
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Is it possible to combust a plasma?

In what we usually consider combustion your fuel and oxidizer are always neutral, but is it possible to have a similar "explosive" combustion process where both the fuel and oxidizer have been singly ...
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Creation and Combustion of Nitrocellulose

I am intending to demonstrate the formation and combustion of nitrocellulose with my high school students, however I am concerned about the potential products of the combustion equation. I have been ...
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Calculating moles of Hydrogen gas in multiple gas container

If there was a 500 mL container filled with oxygen and hydrogen so it burns completely (2H:1O), how many moles of hydrogen gas would there be if there if pressure is 101.3 kPa and the temperature is ...
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Why do internal combustion engines only burn to carbon monoxide, not dioxide?

Why don't diesel and regular car engines burn all the way to $\ce{CO2}$?
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Can we do combustion caused by limited supply of air in a lab? How?

For example Ethyne in combustion by limited supply of air $$ \ce{ 2C2H2 + 3O2 ->[\Delta] 2CO2 + 2H2O + 2C } $$ vs. $$ \ce{ 2C2H2 + 5O2 -> 4CO2 + 2H2O + Energy } $$ What are the ...
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Can there be active THC be trapped in the evaporator?

In relation to the vaporization of THC, when smoked, is it possible that there is any active THC residue that becomes trapped inside the evaporator after the flame goes out? Wouldn't some of the ...
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How to determine the empirical formula for terephthalic acid from its combustion products?

Terephthalic acid is an important chemical used in the manufacture of polyesters and plasticisers. It contains only $\ce{C}$, $\ce{H}$, and $\ce{O}$. In one experiment, $0.4953~\mathrm{g}$ of the ...
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How much oxygen is necessary for the combustion of ethane? [closed]

Dicarbon hexahydride plus oxygen creates $\ce{CO2}$ and $\ce{H2O}$. How many oxygen atoms are needed to make $128.4~\mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{CO2}$?
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Which enthalpy changes map to the alternative reaction routes under Hess' law?

I am searching for a method that would always allow me to determine which enthalpy changes map to which reaction routes using Hess' law. For example this exam question: And then I end up doing ...
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Why does a smaller amount of propanol burn slower than a much larger amount?

Why does $30~\mathrm{mL}$ of $\ce{C3H7OH}$ burn in 1 second (inside a water jug) compared to a sixth of the amount: $5~\mathrm{mL}$ of $\ce{C3H7OH}$ (on a plate) burn in 180 seconds? Why does the ...
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Auto ignition of tert-butyl mercaptan mixed with mineral oil

I am designing an experiment that involves immersing pieces of pipe lining in a mixture of tert butyl mercaptan (2%) and white mineral oil (98%) at 23 oC (the standard temperature for the test). If I ...
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How significant is air decomposition on NOₓ formation?

How significant is $\ce{NO$_x$}$ formation from $\ce{O2}$ (reactant) and $\ce{N2}$ decomposition from simply heating the two as opposed to from $\ce{CO2}$, $\ce{H2O}$, (and $\ce{N2}$) dissociation? In ...
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Write the combustion equation of C5H10O

Like the title, have no idea at all, can someone help me? Should I add $\ce{O2}$ to make it $$\ce{C5H10O + O2 → ..... ?}$$ Full process will be really appreciated ! Thanks for your help!
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Fire resistance of PVC

In a paper that I'm reading, it states that The presence of Chlorine atoms in polyvinyl chloride make it flame resistant and I'm just wondering why the presence of Cl will make it flame ...
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Why is CO a major species only in fuel-rich combustion?

In fuel-rich combustion, my understanding is that enough fuel reacts and consumes all of the oxygen present. The combustion products $\ce{CO2}$ and $\ce{H2O}$ undergo dissociation until equilibrium is ...
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Is There a Difference in the Definition of Complete and Stoichiometric Combustion?

My question has to do with some combustion related definitions. When the term complete combustion is used, is it assumed that the combustion is stoichiometric (reactants combine perfectly), but ...
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Combustion of paraffin

Find the heat of combustion for 1 mol of $\ce {C21H44}$ in the reaction where some wax is oxidized to elemental C (soot) and water vapor. The Heat of Formation of $\ce {C21H44}$ is -476 kJ/mol. When ...
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Relationship between Auto-Ignition Temperature with Pressure and Fuel

Experimentally it appears that increase in pressure, fuel concentration, and chain length causes AIT to decrease until a minimum where even further increase in these parameters increases the AIT. ...