Problem: Burning methane in oxygen can produce three different carbon-containing products: soot (very fine particles of graphite), CO(g), and CO2(g).Write balanced equation for the reaction of methane gas with oxygen to produce CO(g). Assume that H2O(l) is the only other product.

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We are asked to write a balanced equation for the reaction of methane gas with oxygen to produce CO(g).


Incomplete Combustion

  • Reactant: O2
  • Products: CO + H2O


CH4 + O2 → CO + H2O


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Burning methane in oxygen can produce three different carbon-containing products: soot (very fine particles of graphite), CO(g), and CO2(g).

Write balanced equation for the reaction of methane gas with oxygen to produce CO(g). Assume that H2O(l) is the only other product.

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