Equations for the Combustion of Alkanes.

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Complete combustion of Alkanes.

Alkane + lots of oxygen --> Carbon dioxide + water.

Example Propane:

 C5H8 (g) + 5O2 (g) --> 3CO2  (g) + 4H2O (g)

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Incomplete combustion of Alkanes

Alkane + lack of oxygen --> carbon monoxide and or carbon + water.

Eg. Methane:

CH4(g) + 1.5O2(g) --> CO(g) + 2H2O(g)

or

CH4(g) + O2 --> C(s) + 2H2O

 

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