Balancing Chemical Equations
Chapter 17 Section 2 Balancing Chemical Equations
17.1 Products and reactants
In chemical reactions, you start with reactants that are combined to make products. The reactants are the starting substances. The products are the new substances which result from the chemical reaction.
17.1 Reactants and products
In the reaction, methane (a natural gas) is burned or combusted. Some energy is added to get the reaction started.
17.2 Conservation of mass Lavoisier showed that a closed system must be used when studying chemical reactions. When chemicals are reacted in a closed container, you can show that the mass before and after the reaction is the same.
17.2 Chemical Equations When a chemical reaction is written using chemical formulas and symbols, it is called a chemical equation.
17.2 Chemical equations An arrow is always included between reactants and products. It means “to produce” or “to yield.” to produce Reactants Products “Methane combines with oxygen gas to produce carbon dioxide gas and water vapor.”
17.2 Numbers in equations
17.2 Balancing equations The law conservation of mass is applied by balancing the number and type of atoms on either side of the equation.
17.2 Balancing equations Counting atoms is necessary to balance an equation. How many carbon atoms? How many hydrogen atoms? How many oxygen atoms?
17.2 Steps for balancing If not provided, write the word form of the equation. Calcium carbonate reacts with hydrochloric acid to produce calcium chloride, carbon dioxide and water.
17.2 Steps for balancing If not provided, write the chemical equation from the word form.
17.2 Steps for balancing Count the number of each type of atom on both sides.
As in the video: First balance the metals. Next balance the nonmetals. Lastly balance the H and O.
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