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Unformatted text preview: Chemistry Name ________________ Supp. Material  Balancing Chemical Equations (nonredox) Per ____ Date _________ The premise behind balancing lies in the Law of Conservation of Matter. The number of atoms of each element that appear on the reactant side of the equation must equal those on the product side. However, some will be rearranged due to the formation of new products. A balanced equation is like a recipe. It tells you the proportional quantities of each substance involved. The coefficients that appear to the left of each formula can be interpreted as mole units or molecules, but for practicality , you should interpret the coefficients as mole units. Balancing atoms and ions in a particular sequence will make the process much easier. Follow the sequence of rules below. Rhodes Rules for Better Balancing (balance chemical species in this order): Notes: (a) Integers must be used for all coefficients except with the diatomic elements see #5, (b) reduce the coefficients to their simplest whole # ratio, (c) double check your balancing, and (d) when provided a Rx...
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course MATH 251 taught by Professor Astina during the Spring '11 term at Portland State.
 Spring '11
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 Math, Equations

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