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Subject: Why does paper burn hotter than a gas?

Date: Wed Jul 29 10:29:27 1998
Posted by Lynn Carr
Grade level: 4-6
School: Pfeiffer Elementary School
City: San Antonio State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Area of science: Physics
ID: 901726167.Ph

If a teacher chooses to launch tissue paper hot air balloons why does 
combustion by paper burn hotter than a gas jet burner?  Thus, the 
paper combustion would launch the balloon higher than a gas burner?
I do not understand why.  Temperature of combustion of a gas verses 

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