How do we represent the combustion of ethanol stoichiometrically?
Balance mass; balance charge.
All hydrocarbons are known to combust to give carbon dioxide and water. So we write the equation accordingly:
Are charge and mass balanced? For every reactant particle, is there a corresponding reactant particle? If there is not, there should be, and you know that you have furrher work to do. The typical order of operations is: balance the carbons; then balance the hydrogens; and lastly balance the oxygens......
The reaction is now stoichiometrically balanced.
Will this reaction be exothermic? How do you represent the combustion of ethanol,
Especially with aromatics, sometimes incomplete combustion occurs to give
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