Propane

Formula: C3H8

molecular weight: 44.096 g/mol

melting point: -187.7oc

boiling point: -42.1oc

state at room temperature: gas

molecular or ionic: ionic

molecular geometry: trigonal planer

characteristics: colorless, odorless, nontoxic, clean burning fossil fuel

uses: heat buildings, cook on grills, fuel cars, start appliances

*Mercaptan is added to make it easier to find leaks in a propane tank. Since propane is odorless, mercatan is used because it has a foul odor which doesn't appeal to most people.*

*Propane is a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that is found mixed with natural gas and oil*

*In it's natural state, propane is a gas. But when pressurized or stored in a low temperature, it becomes a liquid. When transported, propane will be stored as a liquid because it is 270 times more compactible.*

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