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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: Write the balanced chemical equations for the complete combustion of acetic acid (CH3COOH), the main active ingredient in vinegar.

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We're being asked to write the complete combustion reaction for acetic acid (CH3COOH)


Recall that in combustion analysisa compound reacts with excess O2 to form products


For a compound composed of C, H, and O, the reaction looks like this:


CxHyOz + O2 (excess) x CO2 + y H2O


We will do the following steps:

Step 1: Write the chemical reaction 

Step 2: Balance the chemical reaction

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Write the balanced chemical equations for the complete combustion of acetic acid (CH3COOH), the main active ingredient in vinegar.

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