What is meant by a skeletal chemical equation ? Using suitable chemical reaction, differentiate between a skeletal chemical equation and balanced chemical equation.

Asked by  | 15th Sep, 2011, 07:49: PM

Expert Answer:




1. It describes a chemical reaction using the chemical formulas of the reactants and products.

1. It shows the number of molecules and atoms of both reactants and products.

2. It is unbalanced.

2. It is balanced.

3. For example:  Mg  +O2->MgO

          atoms:  1Mg  2O    1Mg 1O



3. For example:  2Mg+O2 ->2MgO

            atoms:  2Mg   2O   2Mg 2O




Answered by  | 16th Sep, 2011, 10:25: AM

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