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Introduction To Organic Chemistry


Complete Combustion of Alkanes

Alkanes are highly flammable compound at high temperatures. Complete combustion of alkanes, is simply the burning of alkanes in sufficient oxygen that results in the production of steam(H2O(g)), and carbon dioxide (CO2(g)). When they udergo this type of combustion, there is a blue, smokeless flame. For example, when methane is burn in excess oxygen, carbon dioxide, and steam are produced. Note the chemical equation below:

CH 4(g) + 2O 2(g) CO 2(g) + 2H 2O(g)

Methane + 2 moles of Oxygen Carbon dioxide + 2 moles of Steam