incomplete combustion

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vicenteruelos3
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incomplete combustion

Postby vicenteruelos3 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:26 pm

this isn't one of the homework problems, but question H.18 asks what the chemical equation is for the incomplete combustion of heptane gas. i was just wondering how to do it??

David Zhou 1L
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Re: incomplete combustion

Postby David Zhou 1L » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:52 pm

Incomplete combustion just means that instead of your reactant, in this case heptane gas, reacting with oxygen gas to form carbon dioxide and water, it forms carbon monoxide and water.

Complete combustion skeleton equation: reactant + O2 --> CO2 + H2O
Incomplete combustion skeleton equation: reactant + O2 --> CO + H2O

Then go on to balance it just as you would any other chemical equation.

Clarissa Molina 1D
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Re: incomplete combustion

Postby Clarissa Molina 1D » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:56 pm

Are we expected to know terms such as incomplete combustion and understand how that affects the chemical equation or will the problem state which compounds are involved?

Derek Waters 1A
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Re: incomplete combustion

Postby Derek Waters 1A » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:46 pm

Most likely since this is the fundamentals it will be reactions given that we are manipulating so incomplete combustion specifically probably won't be used but you never know.


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