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    Forum Bachelors Degree Demen Tolden's Avatar
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    Hello. I just have a simple chemistry question. I am sort of a begginner in chemistry now, and am just really learning chemical equations.

    My question is:
    What is the black stuff on the bottom of cooking pans used on top of a gas stove? I am sure it must be carbon, but where does it come from? I see that natural gas is made of primarily methane which is . The carbon must be comming from this methane, which means that the hydrogen is breaking away from the methane molecules and bonding with something else. I don't think carbon can exist by itself in single atoms, so it must be bonding with other carbon atoms making diatomic molecules of and sticking to the bottom of the pan surface. What does the hydrogen do?

    Please correct my mistakes as this was mostly just me guessing.


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    one of the products of incomplete combustion is carbon.


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    Thanks for your help. Mentioning incomplete combustion allowed me to find all sorts of information on this.
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