The Power to Drive

By: Thomas and Jack

Why the Combustion of Ethanol is Signicant in Everyday Life.

Ethanol combustion, occurs in the burning of ethanol in a car engine. Oxygen helps by allowing a cleaner burn of the fuel. This is significant as it creates less pollution and less soot formation.
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C2H2OH (l) + 3O2 (g) ------> 2CO2 (g) + 3H2O (l)

Ethanol molecule

C2H2OH - Ethanol, is a liquid which is obtained through the formation of sugar or converted starch that is contained in grains. Ethanol is made up of 2 oxygen, 1 carbon, and 4 hydrogen.

H2O (water)

Water. Made up of 2 hydrogen atoms combined with one oxygen atom. Liquid at room temperature.

Type of Reaction

Combustion. How? It's a high temperature reaction between a fuel (ethanol) and an oxidant (O2).
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Description of Elements

Oxygen: atomic #8, symbol O2, atomic weight 15.9994. Phase at room temperature: gas. Non - metal, highly reactive.


Hydrogen: atomic #1, symbol H, atomic weight 1.00794. Phase at room temperature: gas. Non - metal, lightest element.


Carbon: atomic #6, symbol C, atomic weight 12.0102. Phase at room temperature: solid. Non - metal.

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