Why matchstick flame always be against the gravity? explain with reasons.

Asked by abinash.gupta003 | 26th Oct, 2016, 04:23: PM

Expert Answer:

  • A flame, moreover a matchstick flame in this case, is a mixture of oxygen present in the surrounding air and the burning matchstick.
  • While the matchstick is burning, the air in and around it becomes hot.
  • Its a known phenomenon that with the increase in temperature, air pressure decreases and thus it rises upwards.
  • This rising of hot air leaves the cool air at the bottom of the flame which is then used to supply oxygen for burning.  
  • So this creates an upward shape of the flame and it appears that the flame is against the gravity but, it is not true.

Answered by Abhijeet Mishra | 26th Oct, 2016, 05:50: PM

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