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A Burning Candle Shows Both Physical and Chemical Changes. Explain ? - Chemistry

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A burning candle shows both physical and chemical changes. Explain ?

Burning of a candle is both a physical and chemical change.

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Solution 1

A burning candle produces wax vapours which solidify and form wax again is physical change. At the same time wax on burning produces water vapours and carbondioxide which escape into the atmosphere which are new substances with new properties. It is a chemical change.
Hence burning of candle shows both physical and chemcial changes.

Solution 2

When a candle is lighted, some of the solid wax first melts and turns into liquid, then it turns into vapours to produce a flame. New substances CO2 and H2O vapours are formed along with the evolution of light and heat energy. This shows a chemical change. When some of the molten wax drops to the floor, it again solidifies. Which shows a physical change. Thus the melting of candle wax is a physical change and the production of CO2 and H2O represents chemical change. 

Concept: Classification of Change: Physical Changes
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