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  • Essay length: 1974 words
  • Submitted: 22/12/2003
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GCSE Changing Materials - The Earth and its Atmosphere

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Runny Oil Coursework

Introduction and rough background information

Crude oil is a mixture of substances made from hydrogen and carbon (hydrocarbon), gasoline (petrol) is made from oil.

How Oil Is Made....

It starts of as plankton in the sea

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The plankton then dies and falls to the sea bed

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The dead plankton is then covered in sand rocks and silt

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At this point the plankton is at a low temperature and incredible pressure

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The plankton does not decompose completely, due to the lack of oxygen and bacteria

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A few million years later oil is formed

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It is then split at high temperature into different fuels once extracted from the ground

There are millions of organic chemicals, but they can be divided into groups called homologous series, all members of a homologous series when paired up will have a similar chemical pattern, for instance in the group of alkenes that we will investigate...

Name

Formula

Melting Point (degrees Celsius)

Boiling Point(degrees Celsius)

Hexane

C6H14

-95°

69°

Octane

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