Learning Exercise

Combustion in Natural Fires

Assignments based from Principles of Fire Behavior by James G. Quintiere - Chapter

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. see more


1. Define spontaneous ignition and smoldering combustion. 2. Explain how a candle flame works. 3. Describe, from a quantitative viewpoint, the natural forms of life including aspects of size, shape and speed.



College algebra; Chemistry; Physics


Combustion and flame types

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Identify different forms of natural fire: diffusion flames, spontaneous ignition, smoldering, and premixed flames. Understand how a candle flame, a basic diffusion flame, works. Understand, from a quantitative view point, the natural forms of fire including aspects of size, shape, and speed