Order of steps

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Harjot Manku 1C
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Order of steps

Postby Harjot Manku 1C » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:16 pm

When I'm balancing equations which element do I choose first?

Jennah Muhammad 1H
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Re: Order of steps

Postby Jennah Muhammad 1H » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:51 pm

Start with the element that occurs the least

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Re: Order of steps

Postby ludrin8348 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:46 pm

Another helpful tip is to count the number of atoms that you have in each side, so that you can have a better understanding of which atoms you need to alter.

Curtis Tam 1J
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Re: Order of steps

Postby Curtis Tam 1J » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:35 pm

In a combustion reaction, balancing C and H should always go first. Since O2 is always by itself, it is easiest to balance this reactant last. In general, however, like what Jennah said, the element that occurs the least should be balanced first.

Adam Enomoto 1L
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Re: Order of steps

Postby Adam Enomoto 1L » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:43 pm

My best advice is to write out what elements are involved separately and as I add coefficients to the molecules, I then count how many moles of that element are on each side.

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Re: Order of steps

Postby MichelleT_1L » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:39 pm

Personally, it seems easiest to choose the most "complex" compound from the reactants and begin balancing the corresponding elements on the product side. This way, you can get rid of the more difficult compounds at the beginning, and the rest will be easier to balance.

Irma Ramos 2I
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Re: Order of steps

Postby Irma Ramos 2I » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:35 pm

Honestly, when balancing equations I usually go with the first one that comes in the order of the equation and from there I balance the rest. I might need to go back and fix ones that I already balanced, but this usually works.

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