Question #a78ae

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Dec 7, 2016

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The chemical reaction is unbalanced.

We have:

#2CH_3OH (g) + 3O_2 (g) => 2CO_2 (g) + 4H_2O (g)#

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(g)# 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 (g)#, the release of heat and the production of a flame.