# Matrix Algebra

Turtle
Can someone explain to me how to use matrix algebra, to form a chemical equation?

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Chemical equations are formed by experimentation, not mathematics. Can you be more explicit?

Turtle
I have a little article on it ,but it does not explain much.
In the article Ce+4, H20, CH2(CO2H)2 are the reactants and CO2, H+, Ce+3, HCO2H are the products.
The equation is CH2(C02H)2+2H2O+2xCe+4=(x-1)CO2+(4-x)HCO2H+2x-Ce+3+2xH+
How does one obtain the (x-1), (4-x), and the 2x?

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Originally posted by Turtle
The equation is CH2(C02H)2+2H2O+2xCe+4=(x-1)CO2+(4-x)HCO2H+2x-Ce+3+2xH+

Sorry, but this makes no sense to me. I am assuming that "Ce+4" should be "Ce+4" and not "Ce plus 4".

Can you retype this using superscripts and subscripts?

FZ+
Turtle:

Please retype that using {sup} {/sup} and {sub}{/sub} so the forum can recognise it.

(Replace curlies with square brackets of course)

MaximumTaco
Charge has to balance, number of atoms on each side has to balance, so I'm sure you could get somewhere algebraically, I'm too tired to have a look right now, sorry.