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Stearic Acid combustion

  1. Apr 10, 2005 #1
    My friend and I are stuck on a lab-work, where we are to find the enthalpy of combustion for stearic acid.

    Does anyone know the reaction formula for the combustion of stearic acid?
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  3. Apr 10, 2005 #2


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    I'm sure that a full combustion of an organic compound containing only C,H & O would produce (beside the heat,exothermal reaction) [itex] \mbox{CO}_{2}\uparrow [/itex] and [itex] \mbox{H}_{2}\mbox{O} \uparrow [/itex]...

    So the reaction would require knowledge of the stearic acid structural formula and a know-how to balance the reaction...

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