## What are the steps to balancing an equation?

## How do you calculate balancing equations?

- Traditional Balance Write down your given
**equation**. Write down the number of atoms per element. Save hydrogen and oxygen for last, as they are often on both sides. Start with single elements. Use a coefficient to balance the single carbon atom . Balance the hydrogen atoms next. Balance the oxygen atoms.

## How to do balancing equations chemistry?

- Write the unbalanced equation to show the reactants and products.
- Write down how many atoms of each element there are on each side of the reaction arrow.
- Add coefficients (the numbers in front of the formulas) so the number of atoms of each element is the same on both sides of the equation. It's easiest ...
- Indicate the state of matter of the reactants and products and check your work.

## How do you balance a simple chemical equation?

- A
**chemical****equation**is**balanced**when the number of atoms of each type on each side of the**equation**is the same. Which means if you have 12 hydrogens on the left hand side of the**equation**, you must have 12 hydrogens on the right hand side, if there are 4 oxygens on the left, there must 4 oxygens on the right, and so on.

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