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Name: Trista
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Age: 30s
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Date: 2000


Question:
What happens to the electrons when a substance is vaporized in a flame?


Replies:
Trista,

If the substance reacts then the electrons participate in the chemical reaction. Otherwise, nothing special happens to the electrons. For example, vaporizing water just forms steam (the gaseous form of water) so no chemical reaction has occurred and thus the electrons haven't done anything special. On the other hand, burning wood forms water vapor and carbon dioxide from the organic chemicals in the wood. Because this is a chemical reaction the electrons are involved. They are freed from one type of chemical bond but very quickly get tied up in another, more stable, chemical bond.

Greg Bradburn



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