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What energy is being transformed to heat when you burn a candle?

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This would be chemical energy that is converted to heat. The heat from the wick melts the wax which gets absorbed in the wick and then gets burnt (which is really oxidation) to produce heat energy.

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""The heat from the wick melts the wax "" Nonsense! The heat conduction by the fabric of the wick is much too small! The wax is molten by radiated heat (IR) ! ""the wax which gets absorbed in the wick"" another nonsense, look up meaning of "absorbed". –  Georg May 21 '11 at 9:57
Thanks for the clarification. You are right -- its radiated heat. I learned something from you, bow in your general direction, and stand corrected. –  Sai May 21 '11 at 15:16
@Georg: remember that being right doesn't entitle you to be rude ;-) –  David Z May 22 '11 at 2:46
@David: Thanks. Anyway I learned something and got a chance to use a Monty Python reference. So not complaining :) –  Sai May 25 '11 at 1:23

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