Balancing Chemical Equations  [ENDORSED]

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AlexandraZuniga1L
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Balancing Chemical Equations

Postby AlexandraZuniga1L » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:20 pm

To balance for example Butane gas which is C4H10(g) how would I arrange the reactants and products?

Yvonne Du
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Re: Balancing Chemical Equations

Postby Yvonne Du » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:23 pm

In order to balance a chemical equation, you need to figure out the reactants and products first. In this case, you only have one compound which means this is not a chemical equation. After you have had all the reactants and products, you can then try to come up with accurate coefficients in front of every compound to make the number of elements in the reactant side equal to the product side.

Xinyi Zeng 4C
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Re: Balancing Chemical Equations

Postby Xinyi Zeng 4C » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:25 pm

Do you know what the reaction is? Is it combustion? You have to know the reactants and products before you could arrange them.

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Re: Balancing Chemical Equations  [ENDORSED]

Postby Jaifreen_Bhangu_3K » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:31 pm

If it is combustion, then that molecule + oxygen would react to produce water and carbon dioxide.

Emily Ng_4C
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Re: Balancing Chemical Equations

Postby Emily Ng_4C » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:48 am

For combustion reactions, a hydrocarbon is usually reacted with oxygen to form water and carbon dioxide. To arrange reactants and products, you need to know what is actually going on in the reaction and what type of reaction it is.


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