What happens when something burns?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When something burns, it is being oxidized. Meaning that it is chemically combining with oxygen through the process of burning. For example, a strip of Magnesium which is burnt will become Magnesium oxide because oxygen is introduced to it.

    You do not have to undergo burning to achieve oxidization. Oxidization occurs naturally if just left with oxygen, but will occur at a slower rate compared to burning.

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  • marcus
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    A source of flame (or heat) increases temperature of the thing (fuel)

    ..to the point where the thing (fuel) starts to give off gasses from itself...

    the flame (if it's there) or some spark (if it's just real hot without flame) ignites those gasses. So now there's more flame, more heat, and it's spreading.

    Those falmes (burning gasses) are now hot and heat more nearby material (more of the thing) ... so more of the thing gives off gasses, which catch flame and burn, which create heat and again..the fire is spreading. And so the thing consumes itself.

    And the original external source of heat or flame is already gone (burned up) of no longer the cause of the new flame / fire / heat.

    So the thing (fuel) consumes itself.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Burning is a release of energy so when it burns out its energy is gone.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It can either:

    1) React and form an oxide.

    2) Change in state of matter

    3) Decompose

    These are all I know.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You dial 999, 911, 112, or any other emergency service number thing. In Italy, I think it's 118 :D

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  • 1 decade ago

    U Scream like a girl

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  • 1 decade ago

    It burns.

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  • 1 decade ago

    So it gets damage

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  • ©2009
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It is a chemical reaction.

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  • 1 decade ago

    FIRE!!

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