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

May 28, 2016

Carbon dioxide and water.

Explanation:

The products of complete combustion of any hydrocarbon are carbon dioxide and water. For butane, ${C}_{4} {H}_{10}$:

${C}_{4} {H}_{10} \left(g\right) + \frac{13}{2} {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow 4 C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) + 5 {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$

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