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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: What is the balanced equation of C6H6 + O2 = CO2 + H2O?

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In this problem, we are being asked to balance this reaction:

C6H6 + O2 → CO2 + H2O

This reaction is a combustion reaction.

combustion reaction is a chemical reaction where a compound burns in oxygen to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).

A balanced chemical equation is an equation which has an equal number of atoms of each element on both sides.

Let’s start by counting all the atoms on both sides of the equation.

C6H6 + O2 → CO2 + H2O

Reactants           Products

C = 6                  C = 1

H = 6                  H = 2

O = 2                  O = 3

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What is the balanced equation of C6H+ O2 = CO+ H2O?

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