Problem: Ethanol can be made from the fermentation of crops and has been used as a fuel additive to gasoline.Write a balanced equation for the combustion of ethanol.

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From the problem, the given combustion reaction is:

C2H5OH + O2 → CO2 + H2O

    (Ethanol)


This equation is not yet balanced. To balance it, we have to make sure that the number of elements on both sides is equal.

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Ethanol can be made from the fermentation of crops and has been used as a fuel additive to gasoline.

Write a balanced equation for the combustion of ethanol.

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