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Is fire a matter?
It turns out fire isn’t actually matter at all. Instead, it’s our sensory experience of a chemical reaction called combustion. In a way, fire is like the leaves changing color in fall, the smell of fruit as it ripens, or a firefly’s blinking light.
What state of matter is fire?
Fire doesn’t fall into gas, because it doesn’t expand in the same way gas does. Fire doesn’t fall into liquid, because it doesn’t have a fixed volume. Fire doesn’t fall into solid, because it doesn’t have a fixed shape. Thus, fire is currently considered a plasma.
What is fire considered?
It is a chemical reaction that happens in a mixture of gases.” Simply defined, fire is a chemical reaction in a mixture of incandescent gases, typically luminous with intense heat.
What elements is fire made of?
Oxygen, heat, and fuel are frequently referred to as the “fire triangle.” Add in the fourth element, the chemical reaction, and you actually have a fire “tetrahedron.” The important thing to remember is: take any of these four things away, and you will not have a fire or the fire will be extinguished.
Is fire a photon?
The energy released in combustion excites electrons in orbit around atoms to jump to unstable higher states. They then collapse to lower levels dumping energy as photons of light which we can see.
Is fire solid or gas?
Fire is a plasma, not a gas or a solid. It’s a kind of transient state between being composed of the elements prior to ignition and the spent fumes (Smoke – solid particles and Gasses = Gas molecules.)
Is fire a liquid or a gas?
Most flames are made of hot gas, but some burn so hot they become plasma. The nature of a flame depends on what is being burnt. A candle flame will primarily be a mixture of hot gases (air and vaporised paraffin wax). The oxygen in the air reacts with the paraffin to produce heat, light and carbon dioxide.
What are the 4 types of fire?
Classes of fire
- Class A – fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles.
- Class B – fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel or oils.
- Class C – fires involving gases.
- Class D – fires involving metals.
- Class E – fires involving live electrical apparatus. (
What is chemistry of fire?
Fire is a chemical reaction in which energy in the form of heat is produced. When forest fuels burn, there is a chemical combination of the oxygen in the air with woody material, pitch and other burnable elements found in the forest environment. The combustion process or fire is sometimes called rapid oxidation.
Is fire a living thing?
People sometimes think fire is living because it consumes and uses energy, requires oxygen, and moves through the environment. Fire is actually non-living. The reason fire is non-living is because it does not have the eight characteristics of life. Also, fire is not made of cells.
How is fire made?
There is more to fire than just the emission of heat and light. Fire, simply put, is a chemical process of combustion involving the oxidation of a fuel source at a high temperature. It releases energy and produces heat and light. Flames are produced following the chemical reaction between oxygen and another gas.