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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: Liquid octane reacts with oxygen gas to form carbon dioxide gas and water vapor. What is the balanced chemical equation?

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

Reactants:

Octane (liquid)

▪ Octane is is hydrocarbon with a general formula of CnH2n+2

▪ the prefix oct- means that the hydrocarbon has 8 carbons

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Liquid octane reacts with oxygen gas to form carbon dioxide gas and water vapor. What is the balanced chemical equation?

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