Problem: How do you write a balanced equation for the combination of magnesium and oxygen to form magnesium oxide, MgO?

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We are being asked to write a balanced reaction for the combination of magnesium and oxygen to form magnesium oxide, MgO. 

First, we have to know the elemental forms of magnesium and oxygen. 

Magnesium: Mg
Oxygen: O2

So next, write the unbalanced reaction: 

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How do you write a balanced equation for the combination of magnesium and oxygen to form magnesium oxide, MgO?