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Homework Help: Balancing Equations

  1. Dec 3, 2006 #1
    I"m having trouble with balancing these equations, they aren't working out or i'm just not doing them right :confused:

    NH3 + H2O -----> NH4OH

    This is what I tried

    8NH3 + H2O -----> 2NH4OH

    i can't seen to balance out NH
     
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  3. Dec 3, 2006 #2
    its already balanced!
     
  4. Dec 3, 2006 #3
    how though? there are 3 NH on one side and 4 NH on the other.
     
  5. Dec 3, 2006 #4
    Is this the equation:

    [tex] NH_{3} + H_{2}O \rightarrow NH_{4}OH [/tex]
     
  6. Dec 3, 2006 #5
    yes.......
     
  7. Dec 3, 2006 #6
    So theres only 1 N on the left hand side, not 2. Balance the elements. Why are you looking at NH together? Thus, its balanced.
     
  8. Dec 3, 2006 #7
    I thought it was together :blushing:

    So if it was lets say carbonate (CO3)

    there would be 1 carbon and 3 oxygens right??????
     
  9. Dec 3, 2006 #8
    yes that is correct. it wouldnt be 3 carbons and 3 oxygens.
     
  10. Dec 3, 2006 #9
    Thanks so much!!!!!!!
     
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