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Combustion Reactions

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Combustion Reactions


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You will get to know the major kinds of chemical reactions including polymerization, hydrolysis, combustion, replacements, and redox. Experiment with some electrochemical reactions as well.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain combustion reactions.
  • Indicate that the oxidation of metals is a combustion reaction.
  • Classify combustion reactions into two groups: fast combustion and slow combustion.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What occurs in an old camera to create a flash?

~ When the button was clicked on an old camera to take a picture, a magnesium strip reacted with the surrounding oxygen and there was a flash of light.

What happens to make new iron nails rust and corrode?

~ When iron and oxygen react, iron oxide is formed and the compound causes rusting over time.

What makes natural gas give off carbon dioxide, water, heat, and light?

~ When natural gas combines with oxygen and conditions are suitable, carbon dioxide, water, heat, and light are given off.

What is combustion?

~ Combustion is a reaction that occurs when a substance combines with oxygen gas.

How do the combustion reactions of magnesium and natural gas differ from the reaction of iron and oxygen?

~ The combustion reaction occurs quickly with magnesium and natural gas. However, the combustion reaction with iron occurs slowly over time.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define chemical reaction and combustion.
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary chemical reaction, combustion,