Problem: Palmitic acid (C16H32O2) is a dietary fat found in beef and butter. The caloric content of palmitic acid is typical of fats in general. Write a balanced equation for the complete combustion of solid palmitic acid. Use H2O(l) in the balanced chemical equation because the metabolism of these compounds produces liquid water.

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From the problem, the given combustion reaction is:

C16H32O2(s) + O2(g) → CO2(g) + H2O(l)

    (Palmitic acid)


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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Palmitic acid (C16H32O2) is a dietary fat found in beef and butter. The caloric content of palmitic acid is typical of fats in general. Write a balanced equation for the complete combustion of solid palmitic acid. Use H2O(l) in the balanced chemical equation because the metabolism of these compounds produces liquid water.

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