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Homework Help: When balancing chemical equations

  1. Jun 13, 2005 #1
    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
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 13, 2005 #2
    Sounds right to me. Although I would say

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