# What is the complete combustion of propanol (C3H7OH) with oxygen?

Nov 10, 2015

$\textcolor{\mathmr{and} a n \ge}{2} {C}_{\textcolor{b l u e}{3}} {H}_{\textcolor{red}{7}} O H + \textcolor{g r e e n}{9} {O}_{2} \to \textcolor{b l u e}{6} C {O}_{2} + \textcolor{red}{8} {H}_{2} O$

#### Explanation:

Alcohols react with oxygen in a similar way to hydrocarbons, where they produce carbon dioxide ($C {O}_{2}$) and water (${H}_{2} O$).

Therefore, the reaction of the complete combustion of propanol is:

${C}_{\textcolor{b l u e}{3}} {H}_{\textcolor{red}{7}} O H + \textcolor{g r e e n}{\frac{9}{2}} {O}_{2} \to \textcolor{b l u e}{3} C {O}_{2} + \textcolor{red}{4} {H}_{2} O$

Or the equation can be re-written as:

$\textcolor{\mathmr{and} a n \ge}{2} {C}_{\textcolor{b l u e}{3}} {H}_{\textcolor{red}{7}} O H + \textcolor{g r e e n}{9} {O}_{2} \to \textcolor{b l u e}{6} C {O}_{2} + \textcolor{red}{8} {H}_{2} O$