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What state of matter is fire?


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The state of fire is plasma (mostly). Science cannot precisely describe the true nature of fire, but to clear up the doubts of inquisitive minds, fire is most similar to plasma! Plasma resembles a gas more than any other state of matter, but it behaves very differently from a gas.

Fire is representative of a combustion reaction taking place in the gaseous state. Heat and light are just byproducts of combustion.

In certain flames, a small amount of plasma might also formed by photo-ionization of nearby gaseous molecules.

Then again, the formation of plasma is very specific to the nature of combustion and reaction temperature.

We generally see flames in regions with finite boundaries and confuse it to be some different state of matter. If you have ever tried feeling a candle flame, you'll feel no physical difference as you pass your finger across it at a moderate pace, except for the heat.


Chemistry

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