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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: Sulfur tetrafluoride (SF4) reacts slowly with O2 to form sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide (OSF4) according to the following unbalanced reaction: SF4(g) + O2(g) → OSF4(g). The O atom and the four F atoms in OSF4 are bonded to a central S atom.Balance the equation: SF4(g) + O2(g) → OSF4(g)

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SF4 (g) + O2 (g)  OSF4 (g)

            Reactant      Product

S              1                  1

F              4                  4

O              2                  1


SF4 (g) + O2 (g)  2 OSF4 (g)

            Reactant      Product

S              1                  1 2

F              4                  4 8

O              2                  1 2


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Sulfur tetrafluoride (SF4) reacts slowly with O2 to form sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide (OSF4) according to the following unbalanced reaction: SF4(g) + O2(g) → OSF4(g). The O atom and the four F atoms in OSF4 are bonded to a central S atom.

Balance the equation: SF4(g) + O2(g) → OSF4(g)

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