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

1 Answer
Feb 21, 2016

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


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.

Can you represent the combustion reactions of ethane and propane?