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Homework Help: 'balanceable equations' (beginning chem)

  1. Oct 4, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I've been balancing equations but this one has me really confused please help.
    C3H5(NO3)3----> CO2 +N2 + H2O + O2

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So I know that it is a single replacement reaction, (well I think so) but I don't know how to make the atom inventory because they aren't the same elements on both sides...so if you could please help me with that.
    Then I can attempt to find the right coefficients on my own. :biggrin:
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  3. Oct 4, 2009 #2
    Erm, they are the same on both sides. You have C, H, N, and O on the left, and C, H, N, and O on the right.

    Remember you can don't need to multiply entire sides by a number, you can just multiply each product individually, so you can have 3N2 on the right but 6 CO2 for example.
  4. Oct 5, 2009 #3


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    I would say it is decomposition.

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