What is an example of a combustion reaction?

1 Answer
Dec 18, 2015

Combustion of hexane, the which drives your motor.


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

The products of complete hydrocarbon combustion are always carbon dioxide and water. Sometimes, the fuel can be incompletely combusted to carbon (as soot), and carbon monoxide. What are the oxidation states of #C# in soot, and in #""^(-)C-=O^+#?