How does combustion of hydrocarbons work?
Combustion is is a complex sequence of redox reactions involving a fuel, typically a hydrocarbon, and an oxidant, typically oxygen. The energy evolved by the reaction is used to produce work.
We can usually easily write the reaction stoichiometry for the combustion of any fuel. The products of complete combustion of a hydrocarbon are carbon dioxide and water. For the simplest hydrocarbon, methane:
Can you represent the combustion of ethane,