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Jonathan Marcial Dis 1K
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Writing Products

Postby Jonathan Marcial Dis 1K » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:58 pm

If we are told that a certain atom, for example, KCl combusts we obviously know. However, when we balance it out how do we write the product?

KCl + O2 =

A)KCl + O2

or does it not matter?

Cytlalli 1B
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Re: Writing Products

Postby Cytlalli 1B » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:15 pm

I'm pretty sure the product would be KO+ Cl and you would balance it out like this: 2KCl+O2=2KO+2Cl

Mariah Guerrero 1J
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Re: Writing Products

Postby Mariah Guerrero 1J » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:16 pm

Combustion refers to the burning of air, with a reaction with molecular oxygen. Therefore, to start off by writing the correct chemical equation you would write KCl + O2= . Writing the reactants as one (letter B) creates a new, separate molecule that will produce a different outcome. KCl reacts with molecular oxygen in the process of combustion, it is not comprised of the same molecule.

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