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Carbon Dioxide

Overview

Carbon dioxide (KAR-bun dye-OK-side) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-combustible gas that can also exist under pressure as a clear, colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid and as a white, snow-like solid commonly known as dry ice. When dry ice is warmed it sublimes (passes directly from the solid to the gaseous state without first melting) at −78.4°C (−109°F).

Key Facts

Other Names:

Carbonic anhydride; carbonic acid gas

Formula:

CO2

Elements:

Carbon, oxygen

Compound Type:

Nonmetallic oxide

State:

Gas

Molecular Weight:

44.01 g/mol

Melting Point:

Not applicable; liquefies under pressure at −56.56°C (−69.81°F)

Boiling Point:

Sublimes at −78.4°C (−109°F)

Solubility:

Soluble in water; slightly soluble in alcohol and some other organic solvents

The true nature of carbon dioxide was discovered over an extended period of time beginning with the...

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