Example: Balance the equation that takes place when sodium hydroxide reacts with sulfuric acid to form sodium sulfate and water.
Chemical Reactions Check to be sure you have the same number of atoms of each element on both sides of the equation. Step 4 Try coefficients that will balance the equation. - Start with elements that appear only once on each side of the equation. - Never change the subscripts in a chemical formula. Step 3 Count the number of atoms of each element on each side of the equation. (use a table to keep track) Step 2 Identify reactants & products and write their chemical formulas on the appropriate sides of the equation. Step 1