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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: Methane (CH4) is the main component of marsh gas. Heating methane in the presence of sulfur produces carbon disulfide and hydrogen sulfide as the only products. Write the balanced chemical equation for the reaction of methane and sulfur.

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First, we need to identify the formula of the compounds involved in the reaction:

Reactants:
methane: CH4
sulfur (molecular form): S8
Products: 
carbon disulfide: CS2
hydrogen sulfide: H2S

Next, we write the unbalanced reaction: 

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Methane (CH4) is the main component of marsh gas. Heating methane in the presence of sulfur produces carbon disulfide and hydrogen sulfide as the only products. Write the balanced chemical equation for the reaction of methane and sulfur.

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