How to Read a Chemical Equation
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How to Balance a chemical equation
- Table Method
- By inspection
Anyone who has never balance a chemical equation should always begin here.
You need to create a table. How you might ask? You need to draw a vertical line down from the arrow (→).
Write down all the elements on the left side of the vertical line - indicating how many of each you have.
Now do the same thing for the right side of the vertical line - again indicating how many of each you have.
There is now a visual representation of what you need to "equal" out.
Watch this video for a detailed explaination: