What type of chemical reaction is #CH_4 + 2O_2 -> CO_2 + 2H_2O#?

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Feb 21, 2016

Answer:

This is clearly a combustion reaction. How would energy transfer in this process?

Explanation:

While this is certainly an example of combustion, the reaction falls under the more general class of redox reactions. Oxygen gas is reduced to oxide (i.e. #O^(2-)#). Carbon (as #C^(-IV)#) is oxidized to #C^(IV)#. Now, normally we would balance this equation by the method of oxidation numbers and electron transfer; here, we don't need to, and we simply balance the thing.

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