How to balance this equation- Pb(NO3)2 ----> PbO + O2 + NO2

Asked by  | 18th Sep, 2012, 05:36: PM

Expert Answer:

2 Pb(NO3)2 -----------------> 2 PbO + 4NO2 + O2

Balancing chemical equations isn't difficult, once you know the way to do it. Start by finding out how many atoms of each type are on each side of the equation. Some teachers recommend making a little table listing the numbers of each atom for the left hand side and for the right hand side.

Next, look for an element which is in only one chemical on the left and in only one on the right of the equation. (But it is usually a good idea to leave hydrogen and oxygen until you've done the others first.)

To balance that element, multiply the chemical species on the side which doesn't have enough atoms of that type by the number required to bring it up to the same as the other side. The number is called the coefficient.

Answered by  | 18th Sep, 2012, 11:52: PM

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