Balancing Equations Textbook Problem

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Balancing Equations Textbook Problem

Postby Rose_Malki_3G » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:14 pm

How would you go about balancing the following equation:
C10H15N + O2 -> CO2 + H2O + CH4N2O

Because the answer had very high coefficients so I was confused as to how to find the balanced equation using a method other than just guess and check

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Re: Balancing Equations Textbook Problem

Postby Marylyn Makar 1B » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:54 pm

Hi!
I would start off by balancing nitrogen first and getting 2C10H15N + O2 -> CO2 + H2O + CH4N2O
Then, balance the carbon to get 2C10H15N + O2 -> 19CO2 + H2O + CH4N2O
Now we can balance hydrogen to get 2C10H15N + O2 -> 19CO2 + 13H2O + CH4N2O
Lastly we balance oxygen to get the final equation of 2C10H15N + 26O2 -> 19CO2 + 13H2O + CH4N2O


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