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#1 Sigmar

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 10:52 PM

Hey I was wondering if you could balance this equation and show how you balanced it

CO + O-----> CO2

 

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:16 PM

It's not possible, as the right hand of the equation must include enough oxygen atoms to equal those that exist in the left side of the equation.  I suspect that you have either provided a false equivalency or have neglected something.  It could be the case that 2CO + O2 -> 2CO2   This equation is balanced because there are equal numbers of C atoms and O atoms on either side, namely 2 Carbon atoms and 4 Oxygen atoms.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:25 PM

okay thanks



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:44 PM

We've balanced the equation, but why is this equation valid?  I don't remember enough about chemistry to know that this is the correct answer.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 06:01 AM

We've balanced the equation, but why is this equation valid?  I don't remember enough about chemistry to know that this is the correct answer.

Yes it is the equation for the combustion of carbon monoxide. This is what you see in the little blue flames that lick round red-hot coals.


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