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Old 02-10-2005, 08:47 PM   #11
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If you want to get technical about candle burning, then yes.
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Lol....I don't think that there is anything that can buring permanantly with out deteriorating. But now this "Super Candle" as I shall call it, is it still like a regular candle? Ya know, light it once in a while, on special occasions? Or something that will be constantly burning with out off time?
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moderators delete the wax, much like my posts......
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Quote:
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TINSTAAFL:

There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
you're trying to make a perpetual motion machine. which violates at least all of the laws of the world

Its not the wick that burns, its the wax. the wax is the fuel.
Take many economics classes? That was the main point of my last Macro class. You can really use it to get anyone to shut up when they think they need more gov't programs.

Moderators dont' delete wax, it doesn't flame.
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Old 02-10-2005, 09:29 PM   #15
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econ major!

well, ag econ

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Moderators dont' delete wax, it doesn't flame.

hahahahah that'* great
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I think I've heard that in some cultures, they use the wax to treat dermal diseases. Hm
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huh... so like the wax is what keeps the wick burning? So.. that'* what makes the wax disappear? So, making this "Super Candle" would basically fail because it wouldn't be burning the wax, right?


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you need some physics and chemistry lessons

The energy has to come from somewhere, bud.
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I'll just use the excuse.. I am a 14 year old freshman .


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An interesting thing about a candle is that it is a very good example of the four states of matter. The four states of matter are Solid, Liquid, Gas, and Plasma. Wax, the fuel source of a candle goes through all four of these states of matter.

Let'* see what happens when we light a candle. We need a catalyst to start the whole thing going, so we touch a flame to the end of the wick. At first the wick itself starts to burn. The flame creeps down the sides of the wick and usually diminishes until it touches the wax. This is when the mechanism starts to work. The heat from the flame melts the wax surrounding the base of the wick directly beneath it. By the principle of capillary action the melted wax is drawn into the wick providing fuel for the flame which bursts to life.

The candle continues to burn through an ongoing cycle. Wax in a solid state of matter is melted by the heat of the flame and converts it to a liquid state of matter. The liquid wax is drawn up to the tip of the wick inside the flame. At this stage the liquid wax is heated even more and it vaporizes changing into a gaseous state of matter. The gaseous wax enters the combustion area of the flame and is converted to energy. The energy conversion gives off heat, which melts more of the solid wax. The cycle repeats itself until the wick no longer functions due to consumption or lack of fuel for the flame.
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