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Solution: Liquid octane reacts with oxygen gas to form carbon dioxide gas and water vapor. What is the balanced chemical equation?

Problem

Liquid octane reacts with oxygen gas to form carbon dioxide gas and water vapor. What is the balanced chemical equation?

Solution

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

Reactants:

Octane (liquid)

▪ Octane is is hydrocarbon with a general formula of CnH2n+2

▪ the prefix oct- means that the hydrocarbon has 8 carbons

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