Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

when v burn paper with a match stick it gets burned but when v burn wood y doesn't it?

plz answer my question i hav to get it ..............thank you guys

1 Answer

  • Kes
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    In order for wood or paper to burn enough heat must be supplied to break down and vaporize a portion of the fuel's hydrocarbons. Wood is combustible but acts as a heat sink (absorbing heat) and a match is not up to the task. A sheet of paper can absorb only a little heat and the match is more than enough to increase temperature to the ignition point. Glad U asked.

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