Combustion Reaction  [ENDORSED]

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Tarek Abushamma
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Combustion Reaction

Postby Tarek Abushamma » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:27 pm

When using a combustion reaction to find the empirical formula of a compound, will oxygen always be one of the elements we are tying to solve for?

Elena 1H
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Re: Combustion Reaction

Postby Elena 1H » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:33 pm

Im pretty sure its always the combustion element + oxygen ---> H2O + CO2 so yes? Im not sure what you mean by "solve for"

Tarek Abushamma
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Re: Combustion Reaction

Postby Tarek Abushamma » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:37 pm

I meant can you use a combustion reaction to find the empirical formula of a compound that does not contain oxygen? Or will oxygen always be present in the final empirical formula?

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Re: Combustion Reaction

Postby Amanda 1A » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:46 pm

So the combustion element will not be present in the products side of the reaction? it would just be H2O and CO2?

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Re: Combustion Reaction  [ENDORSED]

Postby Eli Esagoff_1I » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:58 pm

The combusted element produces CO2 + H2O after reacting with oxygen.

Jose Hernandez 1D
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Re: Combustion Reaction

Postby Jose Hernandez 1D » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:46 pm

Oxygen would be in the reactants side while CO2 and H2O are the products created in the combustion reaction

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Re: Combustion Reaction

Postby ramayyala1G » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:26 pm

Tarek Abushamma wrote:I meant can you use a combustion reaction to find the empirical formula of a compound that does not contain oxygen? Or will oxygen always be present in the final empirical formula?

Well yes, there are some compounds that react with Oxygen that they themselves do not contain oxygen within. Combustion reactions only require oxygen to be reacted with, not a compound that contains oxygen. One example would be CH4 + 2O2-->CO2 + 2H2O. The compound does not contain oxygen but it is reacting with oxygen hence, it is combustion. Does that make sense?


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