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Classifying reaction type

  1. Dec 14, 2003 #1
    27O2 + 4C4H9NH2 -> 16CO2 + 22H20 + 2N2

    What classification would you give this reaction?

    Its a decomposition reaction . . . why?

    My teacher told me that combustion reaction's always have a Carbon/hydrogen compound on the reactant side w/ O2, and CO2 and H20 on the product side.

    This reaction stumped me . . . can anybody explain why?
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  3. Dec 14, 2003 #2
    It's a decomposition reaction because the main reactent is decomposed into its components. However I can also see why you think it would be a combustion reaction.

    Maybe it can be both? Someone else may be able to shed more light on the problem.
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