Essay about What Makes Customarily Needed For A Chemical Explosion?

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Three thingS are CuStOmarily needed for a ChemiCal eXplOSiOn: an immenSe fluctuation in gaS preSSure, a ChemiCal reaCtiOn that happens extremely quickly, and a fixed-volume container that the preSSure Of the gaS Can grOw until the gaS bursts from the COntainer. The COmbuStiOn Of ethanOl will be uSed tO produce energy fOr the COntained eXplOSiOn. The ChemiCal equatiOn that explains the COmbuStiOn Of the ethanOl iS depicted belOw.
EquatiOn 1:
C2H6O+3O2→3H2O+2CO2+heat
• EthanOl: C2H6O
• OXygen: 3O2
• Water: H2O
• CarbOn diOXide: CO2
The ChemiCal equatiOn Says that ethanOl (C2H6O) plus OXygen (O2) equalS water (H2O) plus CarbOn diOXide (CO2) plus heat. It additiOnally fOrmS light, but it iS so small it is inSignifiCant.
The reaCtantS are oxygen and ethanol, and the ChemiCal prOduCtS Of the equatiOn are CarbOn diOXide and water. The equatiOn iS balanCed, which meanS that the amount Of atOmS Of eaCh element iS equal On either side; either side has two carbon atoms.
OXygen iS extremely reactive. When ethanOl reaCtS with it, the reaCtiOn generateS a lot Of heat and OCCurs extremely rapidly. A combination Of ethanOl and OXygen iS Stable without a "Spark" Or other energy source to Start the reaCtiOn. OnCe the reaction begins, it itSelf generateS enOugh energy tO continue further COmbuStiOn. Only once the reactants are all burnt up will the reaction finish.
Adding more mOleCuleS that are in gaseous form is one way tO produce an eXplOSiOn. If every molecule in EquatiOn 1 were a gaS…

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