L18-Chemical_Reactions_and_Stoichiometry - Part III...

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Part III Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry: Aqueous Solutions Chemical Equations Law of conservation of Mass matter is not created or destroyed during a chemical reaction We balance chemical equations to obey the Law of Conservation of Mass All the atoms we start with, we have to end up with Balancing chemical equations Balancing Equations the same number of each kind of atom has to be on both sides of the equation atoms of reactants end up in the products pay attention to both subscripts and coefFcients the whole number in front of the formula Balancing Equations O 2 2 atoms of oxygen 3O 2 6 atoms of oxygen CO 2 1 atom of carbon, 2 atoms of oxygen 3CO 2 3 atoms of carbon, 6 atoms of oxygen 2Ca(NO 3 ) 2 2 atoms of calcium, 4 atoms of nitrogen, 12 atoms of oxygen 1 2 3 4
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Balancing Equations 1. Write the skeleton equation (reactants products) 2. Balance the atoms using coefFcients • start with the most complex substance • write formulas for substances as they exist • end with the least complex substance 3. Do an atom check ***Don’t change the formulas*** Balancing Equations Example 3: Combustion of Octane (C8H18) in gasoline occurs when it is heated in the presence of oxygen and produces carbon dioxide and water
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2009 for the course CHEM 333 taught by Professor Baird during the Spring '09 term at UC Davis.

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L18-Chemical_Reactions_and_Stoichiometry - Part III...

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