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Concept: Balancing Chemical Reactions

Problem: Explain the problem with the following statement "When a chemical equation is balanced, the number of molecules of each type on both sides of the equation will be equal."A) The statement is incorrect because equations are balanced based on the number and kind of atoms, not molecules. B) The statement is correct because equations are balanced based on the number and kind of molecules, not atoms.

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Balanced equation → number of atoms of the same element are equal on both sides (reactants and products) of a chemical equation. 

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Explain the problem with the following statement "When a chemical equation is balanced, the number of molecules of each type on both sides of the equation will be equal."


A) The statement is incorrect because equations are balanced based on the number and kind of atoms, not molecules. 

B) The statement is correct because equations are balanced based on the number and kind of molecules, not atoms.

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