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Flame electrons and ion

  1. Jul 13, 2015 #1
    why would a flame contain electrons and ions??
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  3. Jul 13, 2015 #2
    Combustion is a breaking of bonds and a re-arranging of atoms and moleules into lower energy bond states.

    Ions and electrons are intermediate steps in that process.
  4. Jul 13, 2015 #3


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    The high temperature of the flame will partially ionize a small percentage of the molecules, giving you free electrons and ions.
  5. Jul 13, 2015 #4
    thank you
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