Daily Dose 020 | Chemistry
How do you balance a Chemical Equation?
There’s a common progression of thought that goes down as one is making their way through the specifications for the FE Exam – it goes a little something like this:
Mathematics – OK, I made it through Calculus in college, I think I can do this…
Probability and Statistics – Hmm…data and sets, I do remember Normal Distributions, I should be good…
Chemis…ahem, Chemistry – oh, like beakers and lab coats…I am out.
As engineers, we like to stay in the physical, so when we see that Chemistry is a subject to be tested on come exam day, our mental alarms glare, eyes glass over and we abort the mission.
But it doesn’t need to be this way.
At Prepineer, we not only believe, we KNOW, that you can get a basic understanding in ALL the subjects that you will see on the FE Exam, and yes, that includes Chemistry – and that’s all you need.
In this video, we are going to dive in to a FE Exam Practice Problem in the subject of CHEMISTRY, specifically learning how to go about BALANCING A CHEMICAL EQUATION.
What is a CHEMICAL EQUATION?
A CHEMICAL EQUATION is the symbolic representation of a chemical reaction in the form of symbols and compounds in molecular form.
The REACTANTS of a reaction can be found on the left side of the equation whereas the PRODUCTS of the reaction are on the right side.
To BALANCE a CHEMICAL REACTION, we will place coefficients next to each of the compounds. These coefficients are the absolute values of the stoichiometric numbers.
Check out the video and see how we can go about solving this type of problem in the most efficient manner.
As always, with Love, Prepineer
How to balance a Chemical Equation
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