The formation of water from the reaction of hydrogen gas and oxygen gas is shown in the following chemical reaction:
H2 + O2 Ã H2O
In the above chemical equation, H2 + O2 are the â€œreactantsâ€ and H2O is the â€œproduct.â€
In order to satisfy the â€œlaw of conservation of massâ€ chemical equations must be balanced. The balanced chemical equation becomes:
2H2 + 1O2 Ã 2H2O
Standard convention omits the number â€œ1â€ in any balanced equation, so the final balanced chemical equation becomes:
2H2 + O2 Ã 2H2O
Note that there are 4 H atoms in both the left side and right side of the equation; and there are 2 O atoms in both the left side and right side of the equationâ€” the chemical equation is therefore â€œbalanced.â€
1. Balance the following chemical reaction, (it may take a few trial-and-error iterations):
CO2 + H2O Ã C6H12O6 + O2
2. After balancing the above chemical equation, identify the different reactants and the different products.
3. What particular process is represented by the chemical equation?