What are the products of a combustion reaction?

1 Answer
Nov 28, 2015

From a hydrocarbon, the products are ALWAYS carbon dioxide and water under conditions of complete combustion.


Alkane + oxygen #rarr# Carbon dioxide and water.

For a specific hydrocarbon, say hexanes:

#C_6H_14(l) + (19/2)O_2(g) rarr 6CO_2 + 7H_2O(l)#

Is the equation above balanced? How do you know?

If heptane, #C_7H_16#, were combusted, what would be the stoichiometric equation?