Why does alcohol or saw dust burst into flames when hot conc. HNO3 is poured on it?

Asked by pb_ckt | 20th Mar, 2019, 01:28: PM

Expert Answer:

Alcohol or saw dust catshes fire when drop of concentrated nitric acid is added to it. It is due to alcohol or saw dust contains carbon which is oxidesed to carbon dioxide by concentrated nitric acid.

Answered by Ramandeep | 20th Mar, 2019, 02:57: PM