Has anyone got any tips for balancing equations please?! Thanks.

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Just wondering if anyone has any tips for balancing equations?  I know that dealing with the the odd numbers first is one way of doing it! Thanks all.  

Posted Fri 29th March, 2013 @ 18:47 by Al :-)

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An easy way we got taught was to write down the number present for each of the elements on the side of the reactants and then do the same for the number on the side of the products. then you can see what needs multiplying and by how much! 

hope you understand what im saying! ^^

Answered Wed 17th April, 2013 @ 16:33 by Aishah Jibril
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If they're simple equations then follow the rule COH, carbon, oxygen then hydrogen!

Answered Sun 31st March, 2013 @ 21:24 by attiqa
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My teacher used to write down everything he had to teach us, so if you have two of a product for example, write the formula again underneath instead of putting a 2 (just whilst you're working out, not on your final answer!), then you can see what you have and count them on the paper instead of in your head. And just keep doign leads of questions, eventually you'll gat the hang of it :)

There's some worksheets with answers on here: http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemicalequations/a/How-To-Balance-Equations.htm Hope I've helped :)

Answered Wed 3rd April, 2013 @ 17:38 by Kate Westall
Edited by Kate Westall on Wed 3rd April, 2013 @ 17:39