Determining order of elements to work with when balancing equations  [ENDORSED]

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Abigail Urbina 1K
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Determining order of elements to work with when balancing equations

Postby Abigail Urbina 1K » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:06 pm

When balancing equations, we're suggested to start with elements that occur least in a chemical reaction. Does starting with an element that does not occur least affect the coefficients that we will end up with when balancing? Is it necessarily wrong to not work in order of elements that are less prominent?

Rain Taganas 1J
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Re: Determining order of elements to work with when balancing equations

Postby Rain Taganas 1J » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:19 pm

No, starting with the least prominent elements is only a suggested route to balance chemical equations.

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Re: Determining order of elements to work with when balancing equations  [ENDORSED]

Postby Lily Guo 1D » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:01 pm

No, but sometimes starting with the least-occurring element when balancing a chemical reaction gives you an easier starting place for balancing a reaction.


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