chemistry question #347



Sara, a female from the Internet asks on February 23, 1998,

Q:

What is fire composed of? Could you have liquid fire, or solid fire?

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the answer

Reg Mitchell answered on February 23, 1998, A:

Fire is burning gases; sometimes glowing particles are suspended in the flame (usually yellow-orange instead of blue), as in a candle flame. The gases have to be something that will burn, for example methane, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, hydrocarbon waxes, etc., and oxygen must be present. Because these are gases, you cannot liquify or solidy the flame.

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