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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: Part A. Sulfur tetrafluoride, SF4, reacts slowly with oxygen, O2, to form sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide, OSF4, according to the following unbalanced reaction: SF4 (g) + O2 (g) → OSF4 (g)When the equation is balanced, what are the coefficients? Enter integer coefficients, in order, separated by commas (e.g., 1,3,2) where 1 indicates the absence of a coefficient.Balance the reaction of sulfur tetrafluoride with oxygen to form sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide. Draw the Lewis structure of sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide. Use bond enthalpies to estimate the enthalpy change for the reaction. Determine the molecular geometry of sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide. This tutorial has been developed from Brown/LeMay/Bursten Integrative Exercise 9.97 and is a multiple-concept tutorial.

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Part A. Sulfur tetrafluoride, SF4, reacts slowly with oxygen, O2, to form sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide, OSF4, according to the following unbalanced reaction: 

SF4 (g) + O2 (g) → OSF4 (g)

When the equation is balanced, what are the coefficients? 

Enter integer coefficients, in order, separated by commas (e.g., 1,3,2) where 1 indicates the absence of a coefficient.


Balance the reaction of sulfur tetrafluoride with oxygen to form sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide. Draw the Lewis structure of sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide. Use bond enthalpies to estimate the enthalpy change for the reaction. Determine the molecular geometry of sulfur tetrafluoride monoxide. This tutorial has been developed from Brown/LeMay/Bursten Integrative Exercise 9.97 and is a multiple-concept tutorial.

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