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Why is Ethanol flammable?

  1. Mar 28, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Why is Ethanol so flammable?

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know the chemical is highly flammable, but why is it? Can't find anywhere on the web why it is so flammable.

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  3. Mar 28, 2010 #2


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    There are several conditions that have to be meet for the substance to be "flammable" - can you think what they are?

  4. Mar 28, 2010 #3
    err? It has to react with Oxygen? Sorry, I'm brainless right now lol. Please tell me lol :D
  5. Mar 28, 2010 #4


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    Think about reaction kinetics.

  6. Mar 28, 2010 #5
    Hey? So basically, why is Ethanol flammable, briefly.
  7. Mar 28, 2010 #6

    Char. Limit

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    It doesn't just have to react with oxygen...

    Iron reacts with the oxygen in air, but we do not call that a flame, because it doesn't happen fast enough.
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