# Matrix Algebra

#### Turtle

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

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#### Tom Mattson

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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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#### Tom Mattson

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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.

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