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When balancing chemical equations

  • Thread starter J_o_S
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why can't the chemical formulas be altered?


I was asked this question, and my answer was because if you alter the formulas you're dealing with totally different chemicals, and therefore a different equation.

Seems like such a simple question, but its surrounded by harder ones which makes me worry :frown: so I just wanted to see if I was missing anything. Thanks
 
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Sounds right to me. Although I would say

if you alter the formulas you're dealing with totally different chemicals, and therefore a different reaction.
 

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