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# Balancing Equations

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### Balancing Equations

1. 1. Balancing Equations<br />By Taylor Reeves & Chris Trotzuk<br />
2. 2. Step One<br />NaOH + H2 SO4-> Na2SO4+ H2O<br />Have an unbalanced equation.<br />
3. 3. Step Two<br />NaOH + H2 SO4-> Na2SO4+ H2O<br />It helps to draw boxes around each separate chemical formula so nothing gets mixed up. However, this step is not necessary.<br />
4. 4. Step Three<br />NaOH + H2 SO4-> Na2SO4+ H2O<br />Next you should make what is called an ‘element inventory’. List all the elements, the number of atoms on the left side of the equation, as well as the number of atoms on the right side.<br />
5. 5. Step Four<br />2NaOH + H2 SO4-> Na2SO4+ H2O<br />In this example, you start by putting a 2 in front of ‘NaOH’. This changes ‘Na’ to 2, ‘O’ to 6, ‘H’ to 4, and ‘S’ stays at 1.<br />
6. 6. Step Five<br />2NaOH + H2 SO4-> Na2SO4+2H2O<br />Now to balance the equation, place a 2 in front of ‘H2O’. This makes the right side of the equation the same as the left side.<br />
7. 7. Congratulations!<br />2NaOH + H2 SO4-> Na2SO4+2H2O<br />Now you have a balanced equation!<br />