STEM Careers Coalition: Combustion of Hydrocarbons
What role do combustion reactions play in how we obtain fossil fuels?
Students will dive into the dynamic chemistry involved in obtaining energy from fossil fuels. They will learn about the power of oxidation, then use common household materials or molecular model kits to build the reactants and products during a combustion reaction.
Students will be able to:
• Build reactants and products
of several combustion
• Calculate the energy needed
for each bond that is broken
and formed during the
• Determine if the reaction is
exothermic or endothermic.
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Science Topics
Chemistry, Fossil Fuels, Natural Resources
High School, Educator
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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