Unformatted text preview: smallest whole numbers 9. Check to make sure it balances Alternative method (For use on simpler problems) 1. Assign oxidation numbers to each atom 2. Split the equation into two half reactions by bringing down ONLY the elements that are oxidizing or reducing (strip it all the way down) 3. Balance electrical charge by adding electrons (e-) to the more positive side 4. Multiply each half-reaction by a factor such that when the half-reactions are added, electrons cancel 5. Combine the equations back together 6. Balance all elements not involved in the half reactions...
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- Spring '09
- Electric charge, assign oxidation numbers, half reactions, Balance electrical charge