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Matrix Algebra

  1. Jun 24, 2003 #1
    Can someone explain to me how to use matrix algebra, to form a chemical equation?
     
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  3. Jun 24, 2003 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    Chemical equations are formed by experimentation, not mathematics. Can you be more explicit?
     
  4. Jun 24, 2003 #3
    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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  5. Jun 24, 2003 #4

    Tom Mattson

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    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?
     
  6. Jun 24, 2003 #5

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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)
     
  7. Jul 8, 2003 #6
    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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