# Problem: A key step in balancing chemical equations is correctly identifying the formulas of the reactants and products. For example, consider the reaction between calcium oxide, CaO(s), and H2O(l) to form aqueous calcium hydroxide.Is it possible to balance the equation if you incorrectly identify the product as CaOH(aq)?a) no b) yes

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The correct formula of the reactants and products is needed to correctly balance an equation.

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A key step in balancing chemical equations is correctly identifying the formulas of the reactants and products. For example, consider the reaction between calcium oxide, CaO(s), and H2O(l) to form aqueous calcium hydroxide.

Is it possible to balance the equation if you incorrectly identify the product as CaOH(aq)?

a) no

b) yes