Re: Another Matter,

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Apr 09, 2002 at 18:57

Re: Another Matter, (Bill Wallace)

When you burn something you are changing stored chemicals into heat energy that is given off as a result of exothermic chemical reactions. The mass of the reactants exactly equals the mass of the products. It just looks like something is disappearing because the majority of the mass of the reactants ends up as hot gas which leaves the immediate vicinity. You can verify this if you will undertake to study the use of a bomb calorimeter. Simple combustion is just a chemical reaction of a highly exothermic nature.

Look closer, says Rafeeki. What you think you see is not what is there.

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