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Combustion is any exothermic reaction?

  1. Apr 26, 2012 #1
    What is combustion - is it any reaction that produces energy? Or is it an exothermic reaction involving oxygen?
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  3. Apr 26, 2012 #2


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    Gotta have oxygen.
  4. Apr 27, 2012 #3
    Always remember : Combustion is an exothermic and oxidation reaction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combustion

    Every combustion is an oxidation reaction but every oxidation is not a combustion.

    Example : Rusting of iron is oxidation but not combustion because it is not exothermic.

    Combustion reaction always involves oxygen.
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