When butane burns in an excess of oxygen what are the products?

1 Answer
May 28, 2016

Carbon dioxide and water.


The products of complete combustion of any hydrocarbon are carbon dioxide and water. For butane, #C_4H_10#:

#C_4H_10(g) + 13/2O_2(g) rarr 4CO_2(g) + 5H_2O(l)#

Is this balanced with respect to mass and charge? If it is not, it should be. How does energy transfer in this reaction?