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For this question, there was a diagram that demonstrated that the answer would be 2SiH4 + 4H20 -> 2SiO2 +8H2. I got that answer but I went a step further and divided all the coefficients by 2 and got SiH4 + 2H2O -> SiO2 +4H2. However, the answer in the textbook says it is 2SiH4 + 4H20 -> 2SiO2 +8H2. I checked and both sides still seem to be balanced with my answer. Would it be better if I left it as the textbook's answer or would mine be fine?
I think it would be better to leave the equation as is rather than divide everything by 2 because even though the equation still remains balanced, it doesn't properly represent the number of molecules displayed in the diagram which is probably what the problem is looking for. So basically, use the textbook answer lol.
According to one of the module questions we have done, chemical equations are a shorthand representation of chemical reactions. I believe that it is fine to keep your simplified version because it still demonstrates what is truly happening in the reaction.
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