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I'm confused about spontaneous reactions, particularly with regard to burning. Is the burning of wood a spontaneous reaction? Does the fact that it rquires a match make it non-spontaneous? Or, is the oxidation happening anyway, it's just speeded up by the match? If a reaction requires a large input of energy, does that mean it's non-spontaneous at regular temps but becomes spont at higher temps? I think activation energy plays a role here -- but if the activation energy is high, then isn't the reaction non-spontaneous unless it's overcome? I'm confused!
Re: If a reaction needs a match to happen, is it spontaneous or not?
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