Chemical Reactions

Kinetics and Thermodynamics

What are a couple of examples of familiar chemical reactions?

Fire is one example of a chemical reaction that everyone has seen take place. Fire involves a combustion reaction, which is any reaction where a hydrocarbon reacts with oxygen to form carbon dioxide and water. Another example is when your car accumulates rust. This reaction involves oxidation of the iron in the metal. Lots of complicated chemical reactions are taking place all the time in our bodies too. Every movement you make, for example, involves many chemical reactions taking place in your muscles and nerves.


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