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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 halfreaction by a factor such that when the halfreactions are added, electrons cancel 5. Combine the equations back together 6. Balance all elements not involved in the half reactions...
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2009 for the course PSE 121 taught by Professor Walker during the Spring '09 term at City Colleges of Chicago.
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