Introductory Chemistry: A Foundati...

9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 1 other
ISBN: 9781337399425



Introductory Chemistry: A Foundati...

9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 1 other
ISBN: 9781337399425
Textbook Problem

Where did the energy stored in wood, coal, petroleum, and natural gas originally come from?

Interpretation Introduction


The origin of the stored energy in wood, coal and petroleum should be determined.

Concept Introduction:

Plants store their energy obtained from the photosynthesis that can be obtained from burning of plants. The decay products can be converted to fossil fuels after millions of years.


The main process that is critical for the survival of the plants is the process of photosynthesis. During this process plants utilizes the energy emitted by sun-light in the form of UV (a type of electromagnetic radiation) which helps to react carbon dioxide and water to produce glucose and oxygen is essential for the survival of the earth and life in general. In photosynthesis process plants also generate energy and stores the energy in the plants. These energy sources are stored in the form of hydrocarbons...

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