What's that supposed to mean?This is true for every real system, but chemistry still exist.
Yes you keep saying that, but you haven't actually explained why they can't both happen concurrently.And I believe you are wrong: first ethanol vaporizes, then paper burns.
Only if they're at the boundary layer, where they have the ability to form gas. Otherwise they'll explode. Those are called 'microexplosions'. But it doesn't matter what the temperature is inside the paper/droplet, whatever. Combustion occurs exclusively at the boundary layer of the liquid, and is dependent on the temperature, the volatility and the gas flow.Temperature of the liquid ethanol is not well defined? Well, it's not well defined globally, but it is for small portions of the liquid, and those portions wich will get hotter than 78.4°C will boil.
Says the guy who thinks boiling points and ignition temperatures are related...Instead, I wanted to ask you if you took your master by telephone
A candle is the classical example of laminar flow combustion; the liquid does not burn, not because it can't, but because the oxygen can't reach it.Have a read to these, regarding liquid wax instead of ethanol and candle wick instead of paper