Page 1 of 1

### Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:53 pm
Is there any other easy to balance equations? Like some sort of method or short cut?

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:59 pm
There is no "one way" of balancing equations, but some helpful tips would be to start by balancing elements that have the greatest number of atoms in the reactants or products, other than hydrogen and oxygen. I usually balance oxygen or hydrogen last and if both are in the reactants or products, I balance the one that is in a combined state first.

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:01 pm
i typically like to start with the element that occurs the most on one side of the equation and then move on to O and H (those are usually the most difficult so I like to do those at the end). Make sure you count each element on each side of the equation to ensure that both sides match.

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:29 pm
I like to write down the number of each element on both sides. I also find using LCM useful when balancing reactions.

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:32 pm
The method I use a lot is to balance the polyatomic ions first, then balance the non-organic elements, and then balance the organic elements.

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:38 pm
I think the only way to make balancing chemical equations easier is to balance the element that you have the least of first and see how that upsets the balance of other elements and slowly just keep working until the while equation is balanced.

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:41 pm
I find it very helpful when balancing chemical equations, especially combustion reactions, to make a list and clearly write out the number of elements on each side, then start with the larger compounds (as opposed to O2) when balancing.

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:49 pm
When I'm balancing chemical equations I usually start with the element that has the most on the product and reactants side. This usually makes it a lot easier to balance all of the other elements because they all come into place.

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:24 pm
It definitely can get tedious, but I start with the least common or rarest element within the equation. Once you get these balanced, you usually won't have to go back and rebalance them in the future. Definitely leave Oxygen and Hydrogen for last- they can be really annoying to balance because of how sometimes more than one product or reactant will have oxygen or hydrogen. It's also useful to keep a tally or a list of all the elements once you've finished balancing just to double-check everything!

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:14 pm
it's definitely best to start with the least occuring element and go from there, but also if you ever want to check your work you can use this helpful website:

http://www.endmemo.com/chem/balancer.php

### Re: Any Easy Way

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Y'all are so helpful thank you so much for this