Enter an equation of a chemical reaction and click 'Balance'. The answer will appear below
Always use the upper case for the first character in the element name and the lower case for the second character. Examples: Fe, Au, Co, Br, C, O, N, F. Compare: Co - cobalt and CO - carbon monoxide
To enter an electron into a chemical equation use {-} or e
To enter an ion, specify charge after the compound in curly brackets: {+3} or {3+} or {3}. Example: Fe{3+} + I{-} = Fe{2+} + I2
Substitute immutable groups in chemical compounds vĩ đại avoid ambiguity. For instance equation C6H5C2H5 + O2 = C6H5OH + CO2 + H2O will not be balanced, but PhC2H5 + O2 = PhOH + CO2 + H2O will
Compound states [like (s) (aq) or (g)] are not required.
If you vì thế not know what products are, enter reagents only and click 'Balance'. In many cases a complete equation will be suggested.
Reaction stoichiometry could be computed for a balanced equation. Enter either the number of moles or weight for one of the compounds vĩ đại compute the rest.
Limiting reagent can be computed for a balanced equation by entering the number of moles or weight for all reagents. The limiting reagent row will be highlighted in pink.
Examples of complete chemical equations vĩ đại balance:
calcium hydroxide + carbon dioxide = calcium carbonate + water
sulfur + ozone = sulfur dioxide
Examples of the chemical equations reagents (a complete equation will be suggested):
H_{2}SO_{4} + K_{4}Fe(CN)_{6} + KMnO_{4}
Ca(OH)_{2} + H_{3}PO_{4}
Na_{2}S_{2}O_{3} + I_{2}
C_{8}H_{18} + O_{2}
hydrogen + oxygen
propane + oxygen
Understanding chemical equations
A chemical equation represents a chemical reaction. It shows the reactants (substances that start a reaction) and products (substances formed by the reaction). For example, in the reaction of hydrogen (H₂) with oxygen (O₂) vĩ đại size water (H₂O), the chemical equation is:
However, this equation isn't balanced because the number of atoms for each element is not the same on both sides of the equation. A balanced equation obeys the Law of Conservation of Mass, which states that matter is neither created nor destroyed in a chemical reaction.
Balancing with inspection or trial and error method
This is the most straightforward method. It involves looking at the equation and adjusting the coefficients vĩ đại get the same number of each type of atom on both sides of the equation.
Best for: Simple equations with a small number of atoms.
Process: Start with the most complex molecule or the one with the most elements, and adjust the coefficients of the reactants and products until the equation is balanced.
Example:H_{2} + O_{2} = H_{2}O
Count the number of H and O atoms on both sides. There are 2 H atoms on the left and 2 H atom on the right. There are 2 O atoms on the left and 1 O atom on the right.
Balance the oxygen atoms by placing a coefficient of 2 in front of H_{2}O:
Now, there are 4 H atoms on the right side, sánh we adjust the left side vĩ đại match:
Check the balance. Now, both sides have 4 H atoms and 2 O atoms. The equation is balanced.
Balancing with algebraic method
This method uses algebraic equations vĩ đại find the correct coefficients. Each molecule's coefficient is represented by a variable (like x, nó, z), and a series of equations are phối up based on the number of each type of atom.
Best for: Equations that are more complex and not easily balanced by inspection.
Process: Assign variables vĩ đại each coefficient, write equations for each element, and then solve the system of equations vĩ đại find the values of the variables.
Example: C_{2}H_{6} + O_{2} = CO_{2} + H_{2}O
Assign variables vĩ đại coefficients:
Write down equations based on atom conservation:
2 a = c
6 a = 2 d
2 b = 2c + d
Assign one of the coefficients vĩ đại 1 and solve the system.
a = 1
c = 2 a = 2
d = 6 a / 2 = 4
b = (2 c + d) / 2 = (2 * 2 + 3) / 2 = 3.5
Adjust coefficient vĩ đại make sure all of them are integers. b = 3.5 sánh we need vĩ đại multiple all coefficient by 2 vĩ đại arrive at the balanced equation with integer coefficients:
Balancing with oxidation number method
Useful for redox reactions, this method involves balancing the equation based on the change in oxidation numbers.
Best For: Redox reactions where electron transfer occurs.
Process: identify the oxidation numbers, determine the changes in oxidation state, balance the atoms that change their oxidation state, and then balance the remaining atoms and charges.
Example: Ca + Phường = Ca_{3}P_{2}
Assign oxidation numbers:
Calcium (Ca) has an oxidation number of 0 in its elemental size.
Phosphorus (P) also has an oxidation number of 0 in its elemental size.
In Ca_{3}P_{2}, calcium has an oxidation number of +2, and phosphorus has an oxidation number of -3.
Identify the changes in oxidation numbers:
Calcium goes from 0 vĩ đại +2, losing 2 electrons (reduction).
Phosphorus goes from 0 vĩ đại -3, gaining 3 electrons (oxidation).
Balance the changes using electrons:
Multiply the number of calcium atoms by 3 and the number of phosphorus atoms by 2.
Write the balanced Equation:
Balancing with ion-electron half-reaction method
This method separates the reaction into two half-reactions – one for oxidation and one for reduction. Each half-reaction is balanced separately and then combined.
Best for: complex redox reactions, especially in acidic or basic solutions.
Process: split the reaction into two half-reactions, balance the atoms and charges in each half-reaction, and then combine the half-reactions, ensuring that electrons are balanced.
Example: Cu + HNO_{3} = Cu(NO_{3})_{2} + NO_{2} + H_{2}O
Write down and balance half reactions:
Combine half reactions vĩ đại balance electrons. To accomplish that we multiple the second half reaction by 2 and add it vĩ đại the first one:
Cancel out electrons on both sides and add NO_{3}{-} ions. H{+} with NO_{3}{-} makes HNO_{3} and Cu{2+} with NO_{3}{-} makes Cu(NO_{3})_{3}:
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