Asked Sep 11, 2019

14. Based on oxidation number consideration, explain why carbon monoxide is flammable but carbon dioxide is not.


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Step 1

A compounds flammability is determined by its capacity to undergo combustion.

Combustion is burning of any substance in presence of Oxygen.

Step 2

Here, CO is flammable, but CO2 is not.

This can be explained by observing the Oxidation number of C in both the compounds.

In CO, Carbon’s oxidation state is +...

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