Problem: How would you balance the following equation: Mg + O2 → MgO?

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We´re asked to balance the given reaction between Magnesium (Mg) and Oxygen (O2).


Before balancing the chemical reaction, let’s analyze the number of each element in reactants and products.


Unbalanced Chemical Reaction:

Mg(s) + O2(g)  MgO(s)


Reactants                            Products

Mg                  1                    Mg                  1

O                    2                    O                     1


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How would you balance the following equation: Mg + O→ MgO?