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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: Formic acid has the chemical formula HCOOH. It is a colorless liquid that has a density of 1.220 g/mL.Formic acid can react with NaOH in aqueous solution to produce the formate ion, HCOO−. Write the balanced chemical equation for this reaction.

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We are asked to balance the chemical reaction between formic acid (HCOOH) and NaOH 

In order to balance the chemical reaction, we will follow these steps:


STEP 1Balance the non-oxygen and non-hydrogen elements first

STEP 2: Balance Hydrogen

STEP 3: Balance Oxygen

STEP 4Make sure that all the coefficients are whole numbers


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Formic acid has the chemical formula HCOOH. It is a colorless liquid that has a density of 1.220 g/mL.

Formic acid can react with NaOH in aqueous solution to produce the formate ion, HCOO. Write the balanced chemical equation for this reaction.

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