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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: What is the equation for this reaction: Sodium bicarbonate and sulfuric acid react to form sodium sulfate, water, and carbon dioxide?

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Before balancing the chemical reaction, let’s first write the chemical formula of the compounds involved in the reaction.

Reactants:

Sodium bicarbonate

  • Sodium → Group 1A → +1 charge →Na+
  • Bicarbonate → polyatomic ion →HCO3- -1 charge
  • Balance the charges of Na+ and HCO3-→  exchange (criss-cross) the numbers of the charges
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What is the equation for this reaction: Sodium bicarbonate and sulfuric acid react to form sodium sulfate, water, and carbon dioxide?

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