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Homework Help: Problem balancing equation to be able to write net ionic equation. Please help!

  1. Mar 5, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Write balanced molecular and net ionic equations for the reaction of aqueous sulfuric acid with sodium hydroxide.

    2. Relevant equations

    H2SO4 + NaOH -->

    3. The attempt at a solution

    H2SO4 + NaOH --> H2O + NaSO4

    Please apologize any mistakes I make in trying to post this question, I don't frequent forums. Regarding my question, I'm fairly certain I understand the basis of the reaction being made, and I am confident in writing the net ionic equation and cancelling the spectator ions. The problem I am having though (which I don't usually have a problem with), is balancing this equation. I have everything balanced except when it comes to the oxygens, and I am one off on the product side. I've tried things such as using a "1/2" number, then multiplying by 2, but it just doesn't seem to be working. Can anyone help me please?
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  3. Mar 5, 2012 #2


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    Oxygens are balanced, but sodium and hydrogen are not.

    Before trying to balance check what is a correct formula of sodium sulfate, otherwise you will be wasting time.

    Instead of formatting subscripts with font size, use subscript and superscript tags/buttons (quote my post to see details, or look for X2 and X2 buttons in the advanced editor).
  4. Mar 5, 2012 #3
    Ah, thank you. I realize now my mistake I made with sodium sulfate. Thank you!
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