Problem: Write a balanced chemical equation for the reaction of solid lithium with liquid water.

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We’re being asked to write a balanced equation for the reaction of solid lithium and liquid water:


We have:

Li(s) + H2O(l) 


Water (H2O) can break up into H+ (hydrogen) and OH- (hydroxide) ions

The hydrogen ions will combine to form hydrogen gas (H2) while Li and OH will react with each other.


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Write a balanced chemical equation for the reaction of solid lithium with liquid water.

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