The burning of fuels, such as coal, natural gas, or oil, involves what type of reaction?
The burning of coal or hydrocarbons is certainly an example of an oxidation reaction, in which, for combustion of coal, carbon is oxidized from
The combustion of methane, or indeed of any hydrocarbon, is simple to accomplish, and very simple to represent: balance the carbons; then the hydrogens; and then the oxygens.
For even-numbered alkanes you have to be a bit devious, and use either half-integral coefficients for
Or double the equation entirely:
In either instance, there must be mass balance, i.e
Now not only is mass stoichiometrically balanced, but energy may also be treated as a stoichiometric product of these combustion reactions.
When a hydrocarbon is combusted, the formation of STRONG