Calculating Heat of Combustion

Now that you've done the calculations for the heat of combustion of cellulose and its derivatives you can do the following:

Cellulose and how it burns

Activity 5: Comparing Heats of Combustion

  1. Compare the values of the heat of combustion for each of the three forms of cellulose.
  2. Which form of cellulose did you think would release the most heat? Do your calculations agree with your prediction?
  3. What are some reasons for wanting to report the heat of combustion in kJ/gram?

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