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jaransdell2

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balancing
« on: September 05, 2004, 10:14:12 PM »
When balancing an equation with H2SO4, when can I change it to H2SO8?
or can I ever?


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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2004, 11:09:18 PM »
You can't change H2SO4 to H2SO8 without doing some oxidation, in which case that's not going to be the formula anyway.  I'm assuming that you're trying to balance an equation with sulfuric acid in it.  The only thing you can do with that is to put a coefficient in front of the sulfuric acid, such as in this case:

3 H2SO4 + 2 Al(OH)3 --> 6 H2O + Al2(SO4)3
« Last Edit: September 05, 2004, 11:10:11 PM by hmx9123 »

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