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What actually is Fire?

  1. Jun 15, 2009 #1
    I thought it might've been some kind of Ionized gas, hense the light and heat comming from it,

    but i'm not too sure

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 24, 2017
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  3. Jun 16, 2009 #2
    According to http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/Education/FAQs7.html#q97", we give the name "fire" to both a bunch of glowing matter particles and a plasma, which is a bunch of molecules that are so hot that the outer electrons have been knocked off and move around freely. Fire from a lighter is not conducting electricity, fire as seen from an electrical discharge is.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 24, 2017
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