# Question #a78ae

Dec 7, 2016

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#### Explanation:

The chemical reaction is unbalanced.

We have:

$2 C {H}_{3} O H \left(g\right) + 3 {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \implies 2 C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) + 4 {H}_{2} O \left(g\right)$

Consider the oxidation state of the chemical species that are the reactants and the products.

By the rule of oxidation states, we can see immediately that the lone species ${O}_{2} \left(g\right)$ is reduced.

The reaction type is oxidation-reduction. What type of oxidation-reduction do you think it is?

Combustion reactions are a type of oxidation-reduction reaction which involve reaction with ${O}_{2} \left(g\right)$, the release of heat and the production of a flame.