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Balancng Chemical Equations
« on: May 15, 2006, 05:44:54 PM »
I have been having a hard time balancing this chemical equation

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nitric acid + calcium hydroxide yield water and calcium nitrate

Is anyone able to break it down into a step by step walkthrogh on balancing for me? Thanks.

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Re: Balancng Chemical Equations
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2006, 06:24:45 PM »
start by writing it in equation form like so:

_HNO3 + _Ca(OH)2 --> _H2O + _Ca(NO3)2

then just fill in the blanks so that there are equal numbers of each element on each side

the coefficients should be 2, 1, 2, and 1 respectively
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Re: Balancng Chemical Equations
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2006, 07:20:00 PM »
also remember for future reference that nitrate (NO3) has a -1 charge and so does hydroxide OH
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Re: Balancng Chemical Equations
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2006, 10:53:10 PM »
also remember for future reference that nitrate (NO3) has a -1 charge and so does hydroxide OH
isn't that obvious from my unbalanced equation
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Re: Balancng Chemical Equations
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2006, 06:39:05 PM »
also remember for future reference that nitrate (NO3) has a -1 charge and so does hydroxide OH
isn't that obvious from my unbalanced equation

future reference lol future reference
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