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

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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?

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I have a little article on it ,but it does not explain much.

In the article Ce^{+4}, H_{2}0, CH_{2}(CO_{2}H)_{2} are the reactants and CO_{2}, H^{+}, Ce^{+3}, HCO_{2}H are the products.

The equation is CH_{2}(C0_{2}H)_{2}+2H_{2}O+2xCe^{+4}=(x-1)CO_{2}+(4-x)HCO_{2}H+2x-Ce^{+3}+2xH^{+}

How does one obtain the (x-1), (4-x), and the 2x?

In the article Ce

The equation is CH

How does one obtain the (x-1), (4-x), and the 2x?

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Sorry, but this makes no sense to me. I am assuming that "Ce+4" should be "CeOriginally posted by Turtle

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

Can you retype this using superscripts and subscripts?

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

(Replace curlies with square brackets of course)

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