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why water doesn't burn?

why water doesn't burn?


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Badiuddin askIITians.ismu Expert
147 Points
12 years ago

Dear Roopam

In chemistry we define the word burn to mean: “to undergo combustion, either fast or slow; to oxidize.” So when gasoline “burns”, the carbon and hydrogen atoms in the gas rapidly combine with oxygen atoms in the air to form CO2 and H2O

When charcoal “burns”, the carbon atoms in the chacoal combine with oxygen atoms in the air to form CO2. When iron or steel “burns”, the iron atoms in the piece of iron combine with oxygen atoms in the air to form rust.

So, why won’t water burn? It’s because the burning has already happened. When the hydrogen reacted with oxygen – in other words, when the hydrogen “burned” – water was the result.

Water is the result to hydrogen "burning"... it already combined with oxygen. You really could say that it already burnt and therefore will not burn again.


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