# Methane bums in oxygen to yield carbon dioxide and water. The chemical formula for this reaction is CH_4 + 2O_2 -> CO_2 + 2H_2O. What is the product, or what are the products, of this reaction?

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Mar 8, 2017

Clearly, the products of the reaction are $\text{carbon dioxide}$ and $\text{water........}$, as with any complete hydrocarbon combustion,

#### Explanation:

And there is another reaction product; combustion of hydrocarbons leads to the production of heat, that we can use to do work:

$C {H}_{4} \left(g\right) + 2 {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) + 2 {H}_{2} O \left(l\right) + \Delta$