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Posted by on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 10:49pm.

Write a word and balanced chemical equation for a burning candle.

I know that the paraffin in the candle has the formula C20H42 , but I don't know what else to do...

  • Chemistry - , Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 1:28am

    You are oxidizing (burning) the wax. The C is oxidized to CO2 and the H is oxidized to H2O.
    C20H42 + O2 ==> CO2 + H2O.
    I'll leave it for you to balance.
    The word equation is
    paraffin wax added to oxygen yields carbon dioxide plus water.

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