# Stoichiometry of incomplete combustion

Methane is burned with air in a continuous steady-state combustion reactor to yield a mixture of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and water.

The feed to the reactor contains: $$\pu{7.8 mole \% }\ce{CH4}$$, $$\pu{19.4 mole \% } \ce{O2}$$, $$\pu{72.8 mole \% } \ce{N2}$$. The conversion of methane is $$90\%$$ and the gas leaving the reactor contains a ratio of $$\pu{8 mol}\,\ce{CO2}/\pu{1 mol}\,\ce{CO}$$.

My attempt:

• $$\ce{2 CH4 + 3 O2 -> 2 CO + 4 H2O}$$

• $$\ce{CH4 + 2 O2 —> CO2 + 2 H2O}$$

Both of these reactions have $$90\%$$ conversion.

From the ratio, can I say that approximately $$88.88\%$$ of the methane in the feed produces $$\ce{CO2}$$ while $$11.11\%$$ produces $$\ce{CO}$$?