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Hello! I was wondering if someone could clearly explain combustion analysis to me since I cannot get a clear understanding of it from the textbook. Would someone be able to tell me the significance of it and what I need to know? Thanks
A typical combustion reaction contains O2 and the combusting substance on the reactants side of the equation and CO2 and H2O on the products side. You can then solve this like other molecular/empirical formulas discussed in class.
Most of the time it will be a hydrocarbon reacting with O2 to produce CO2 and H2O. If it is a bigger substance with more atoms then it will usually say, for example, it will also form N2 or NO3 if nitrogen is involved.
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