Does combustion have a negative entropy or positive entropy?

1 Answer
Apr 12, 2014

It really depends, but most likely a positive entropy.

If the number of gas molecules increases during a process, the change in entropy will be positive. In the combustion of propane:

#C_3H_8 (g) + 5O_2(g) -> 3CO_2(g) + 4H_2O(g)#

there are 6 molecules of gas on the left, and 7 molecules of gas on the right. The increase in gas molecules increases the disorder, and therefore the change in entropy is positive.

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