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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: In a popular classroom demonstration, solid sodium is added to liquid water and reacts to produce hydrogen gas and aqueous sodium hydroxide.Write a balanced chemical equation for this reaction.

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We are asked to write a balanced equation on the reaction between solid sodium and liquid water which form hydrogen gas and aqueous sodium hydroxide.


We have to do the following steps:

Step 1. Write the chemical formula of each compound involved in the reaction.

Step 2. Write the unbalanced equation.

Step 3. Balance the equation.


Step 1. Write the chemical formula of each compound involved in the reaction.


Reactants:

Sodium (solid)  → Na(s)

Water (liquid)  → H2O(l)


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In a popular classroom demonstration, solid sodium is added to liquid water and reacts to produce hydrogen gas and aqueous sodium hydroxide.

Write a balanced chemical equation for this reaction.

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