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A-level Chemistry Energetic help practical watch

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    We have done an energetic practical in Chemistry, where we find out the enthalpy change of combustion for different alcohols, by doing a calorimeter experiment and using them as fuel to heat water.
    From the experiment it was found that the higher the number of carbon atoms in the fuel, the more negative the enthalpy change of combustion. Then we had to research the actual values for the alcohols, which were much more negative than our results, but still followed the same trend.
    The reason for this, I have stated, is that less energy was lost to the surroundings in the professional experiments, as better insulating equipment and apparatus was used. Is this right?
    Is it accurate to say as they are more negative they are"more exothermic", and also, by being more negative, does this mean more energy is able to heat the water?

    Yes you are right. I cant see any problem there
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