What is the balanced equation for the incomplete combustion of nonane #C_9H_2O#?

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Mar 11, 2017

Answer:

Well, for a start, #"nonane"# #-=# #C_9H_20#..........

Explanation:

I think this is the primary component of #"kerosene"#.

#"Complete combustion:"#

#C_9H_20(l) + 14O_2(g) rarr 9CO_2(g) + 10H_2O(l)#

#"Incomplete combustion (i):"#

#C_9H_20(l) + 27/2O_2(g) rarr 8CO_2(g) + CO(g) + 10H_2O(l)#

#"Incomplete combustion (ii):"#

#C_9H_20(l) + 13O_2(g) rarr 8CO_2(g) + C(s) + 10H_2O(l)#

#"Incomplete combustion (iii):"#

#C_9H_20(l) + 25/2O_2(g) rarr 7CO_2(g) + CO(g) + C(s) + 10H_2O(l)#

All I have done here is made sure that garbage out equals garbage in (have I?). I have assumed that SOME of the hydrocarbon reactant is incompletely combusted. What do I mean by this? The actual degree of combustion would have to be measured by some means of analysis. We could certainly represent it.