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Write a balanced chemical equation for the combustion of C6H6(l) in air.

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sassy96 | Student, College Freshman | Salutatorian

Posted September 9, 2012 at 7:23 PM via web

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Write a balanced chemical equation for the combustion of C6H6(l) in air.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 10, 2012 at 2:04 AM (Answer #1)

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C6H6 is the chemical formula of benzene. It is a molecule comsisting of 6 carbon atoms and 6 hydogen atoms. When benzene undergoes combustion in air, the carbon and hydrogen atoms combine with the molecules of oxygen present in air to form carbon dioxide and water respectively.

Carbon reacts with oxygen to given carbon dioxide: C + O2 --> CO2 and hydrogen reacts with oxyhen to form water: 2H2 + O2 --> 2H2O

The balanced equation of the chemical reaction of the combustion of benzene in air is 2C6H6 + 15O2 --> 12CO2 + 6H2O

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