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Balancing equations – a nightmare for many but a chemistry necessity

When I was at school, (ok, I know that it was a long time ago), in one of our very first chemistry lessons in the equivalent of year 7, we were taught to balance equations. In subsequent lessons, whenever we were given an example of a chemical reaction or we did an experiment, we were given a word equation and we were expected to turn it into a symbol equation and balance it. By the time we reached year 9, we were all experts.

When I see a new student, I always ask if they can balance equations and the answer is usually no. Continue reading Balancing equations – a nightmare for many but a chemistry necessity