Fahrenheit 451 and activation energy

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I know from the movie that paper burns at fahrenheit 451. I guess this refers to the activation energy paper and oxygen require to react into CO2 and water.

I have been trying to understand the Arrhenius equation which I think is the key to predicting at what temperature a reaction will take place but I dont understand what numbers you plug in to predict the temperature say methane and oxygen will react CH4 and O2 can anyone help?
 

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Borek
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451 deg F is well too low to start paper burning. Not that it matters much.

Numbers you need are determined experimentally, you may be able to find them in handbooks.
 
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Borek
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451 °C = 844 °F

I am not saying someone made a NASA style mistake, but numbers are suggestive.
 

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