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Re: Oxygen Burning??

To: "Scott Gardner" <>, "MG List" <mgs@Autox.Team.Net>
Subject: Re: Oxygen Burning??
From: Larry Macy <>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 08:42:23 -0400
On 4/11/98 3:14 AM so and so  Scott Gardner said. (And I quote)

>Here's hoping for some help from the chemist-types on the list.  I've 
>always assumed that pure oxygen is extremely flammable.  If this is 
>true, what is the chemical reaction for the combustion process?  If 
>it's a pure oxygen environment, the left side of the equation will be 
>just oxygen (Mostly diatomic oxygen, or O2).  Since it's a 
>non-nuclear reaction, the right side must be solely oxygen as well.  
>Is all the energy released simply from O2 molecules breaking up into 
>monatomic oxygen atoms?  If that's the case, am I to assume that 
>monatomic oxygen isn't flammable?  Could we breathe it?
>       Sorry if this seems stupid.  This isn't another one of my brain 
>teasers.  I just got to thinking about it, and can't come up with a 
>good answer.

Larry B. Macy, Ph.D.
System Manager/Administrator
Neuropsychiatry Section
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania
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