Crude Oil

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  • Crude Oil
    • A mixture of a very large number of  hydrocarbons. The molecules may vary in size.
      • The number of Carbon atoms in their chains affects their properties and how they are used as fuels.
    • Most of the compounds in crude oil consist of molecules made up of carbon and hydrogen ONLY
    • The many hydrocarbons in crude oil may be separated into fractions, each of which contains molecules with a similar number of Carbon atoms, by allowing it to condense at a number of different temperatures.
      • This process is known as FRACTIONAL DISTILLATION.

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