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Reaction problem

  1. Feb 9, 2004 #1

    I got a question here that asks for the complete combustion of ehtene, C2H4.

    I assume this means the reaction of ethene with oxygen? Thus, the equation would look something like this:

    C2H4 + O2 --> C02 + H2O


    But the question also asks me to balance the equation, if the reaction is correct then I'm having a little bit of trouble finding the proper balance for the equation.

    The course I am taking allows you to use fractions to balance reactions (ie 1/2). Is it possible to use both fractions and whole numbers to balance?
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  3. Feb 9, 2004 #2


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  4. Feb 9, 2004 #3

    How silly of me... I overlooked the whole balacing thing...

    Final answer I got is...

    C2H4 + 3O2 --> 2CO2 + 2H2O
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