Draw the electron-dot structure for ethyne. A mixture of ethyne and oxygen is burnt for welding. In your opinion, why cannot we use a mixture of ethyne and air for this purpose?
Ethyne burns in air with a sooty flame because of incomplete combustion caused by the limited supply of air.
However, ethyne burns in oxygen with a clean flame with a temperature of 3000°C because of complete combustion.
This oxy-acetylene flame is used for welding.
Such a high temperature cannot be achieved without mixing oxygen.
Therefore, a mixture of ethyne and air is not used for welding.
Concept: Chemical Properties of Carbon Compound
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