Burning of a Candle and the Three States of Wax

Burning of a Candle and the Three States of Wax

Wax is a mixture of various hydrocarbons. Organic compounds made of hydrogen and carbon are known as hydrocarbons. In the burning of wax, three states of matter can be observed simultaneously. There is a thin liner inside the wax.

When we add fire to it, the hydrocarbon particles around the liner melt into liquid. The liquid wax absorbs heat and vaporizes first. Then the vaporized wax starts a reaction with oxygen of the air and produces carbon dioxide, water vapor, light and heat. **

A portion of the liquid wax remains and turns solid again. Thus, in the presence of heat we see three states of wax.

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Chemistry


Secondary Chemistry

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