One mole of CO and 1/2 mole of oxygen are mixed and the products consist of CO2, CO, O2, and O. Write the atom balance for C and O.
The Attempt at a Solution
1/2(O2)+CO2 -> aCO2 +bCO+cO2 +dO.
a, b, c, d are unknowns.
I make a table:
Element Reactants Products
C 1 a+b
O 2 2a+b+2c+d
Its unsolvable. 2 equations and 4 unknowns. But the answer is CO2 <-> CO+1/2(O2)