Problem: When a small log completely burns in a campfire, the mass of the ash is much less than the mass of the log.What happens to the matter that composed the log?

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We’re asked to determine what happens to the matter that composed the log that burns.


We know that when a small log completely burns in a campfire:

  • mass of the ash is much less than the mass of the log.


Recall that according to the Law of conservation of massmatter is not created or destroyed:


This means that:


mass of reactants = mass of product


mass unburned log + mass of oxygen, O2 (used to burn the log) = mass of ash 

reactants                                                             products

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When a small log completely burns in a campfire, the mass of the ash is much less than the mass of the log.

What happens to the matter that composed the log?

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