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Why is Ethanol flammable?

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Homework Statement



Why is Ethanol so flammable?


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

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err? It has to react with Oxygen? Sorry, I'm brainless right now lol. Please tell me lol :D
 
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Think about reaction kinetics.

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Hey? So basically, why is Ethanol flammable, briefly.
 
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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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