When it comes to balancing chemical equations, it’s very easy to get lost and confused by all the changing numbers.
The videos below will show you a simple yet efficient approach to make sure you quickly account for all your numbers (minimal guessing) and don’t lose track of your work along the way.
Balancing Equations Video 1 – Introduction to Balancing with practice problems
Let’s start with the simple approach to balancing equations including practice problems so that you get comfortable with the process.
(Watch on YouTube: Balancing Equations. Click CC for transcription.)
Balancing Combustion Reaction Equations – Balancing Video 2
Balancing combustion reactions can be tricky due to having oxygen appear in both products. Many professors solve this with a fraction but you can’t have ‘half’ oxygens in a balanced equation. Learn a simpler method for balancing combustion reactions while avoiding fractions.
(Watch on YouTube: Balancing Combustion. Click CC for transcription.)
Balancing Acid Base Reaction Equations – Balancing Video 3
Acid Base and Ionic reactions can be balanced the same way shown above, with an additional time-saving shortcut to help you deal with all the atoms within each polyatomic ion as taught in the video below.
(Watch on YouTube: Balancing Acid Base. Click CC for transcription.)
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