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### Balancing equations

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:33 pm
There's a Balancing Equation question in the course reader that I was unsure about. It says the answer can be: 2C6H7N + 31/2O2 --> 12CO2 + 7H2O + N2 OR 4C6H7N + 31O2 --> 24CO2 + 14H2O + 2N2 Are both answers correct? Isn't the second answer the only acceptable one because you can't have a fraction as a coefficient?

### Re: Balancing equations

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:34 pm
Both answers are correct and have identical meaning. You can have a fraction as a stoichiometric coefficient, although usually it makes calculations simpler to work with whole numbers.

### Re: Balancing equations

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:54 pm
Although both answers are correct, it is recommended to have whole numbers for stoichiometric coefficients. On an exam, generally use whole numbers.

### Re: Balancing equations

Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:46 pm
They are both correct. But always go with the whole numbers. Especially if its a problem involving chemical equilibrium because if you didn't use whole numbers, your K value would be incorrect.