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Balancing Chemical Equations

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STEP 1 Check all molecular formulas and make sure they are neutral, then count the atoms on both sides of the equation

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STEP 2 Balance elements in the following order: NM, M, Poly, H, O

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STEP 3 When balancing the polys treat them as one unit if they appear on both sides of the equation.

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STEP 4 About element subscripts: If there is an odd on one side and an even on the other, put the odd number in front of the even.

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STEP 5 Count all atoms on both sides of the equation and make sure they are equal.

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Helpful Hints Combustion equations sometimes start with a 2 as the coefficient of the hydrocarbon. Never begin with balancing H or O!!

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YOU ARE BALANCED!!

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