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Rapid Burning of Sugar Versus Its Stability Against Oxygen

Why is sugar stable under standard conditions. In contrast to the high stability of sugar in daily use it burns rapidly when ignited without any 'booster' like sulphur or alkali nitrates.

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Sugar contains carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
But to burn, the bondings have to be broken so that the atoms can react with oxygen to give CO2 and H2O. Compared to the thermodynamical stability of the ...

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Based on the molecular structure and thermodynamic laws it is explained the property (i.e. stability) of sugar under normal conditions.

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