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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: What is the chemical equation to show the combustion reaction of ethanol?

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In a combustion reaction, an organic compound (made of C and H, or C, H and O) is combusted with oxygen (O2) to produce water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2).


Before balancing the chemical reaction, let’s first write the chemical formula of each of the compounds involved in the reaction.


Reactants:

ethanol (liquid)

 Ethanol is an alcohol with a general formula of CnH2n+2O

 Ethanol has 2 carbons

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What is the chemical equation to show the combustion reaction of ethanol?

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