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C2H5OH + H2O → CH3COOH + 2H2
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- Use uppercase for the first character in the element and lowercase for the second character. Examples: Fe, Au, Co, Br, C, O, N, F.
- Ionic charges are not yet supported and will be ignored.
- Replace immutable groups in compounds to avoid ambiguity. For example, C6H5C2H5 + O2 = C6H5OH + CO2 + H2O will not be balanced, but XC2H5 + O2 = XOH + CO2 + H2O will.
- Compound states [like (s) (aq) or (g)] are not required.
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Balance The Equation: C2H5OH + H2O = CH3COOH + H2 1. Label Each Compound With a Variable aC2H5OH + bH2O = cCH3COOH + dH2 2. Create a System of Equations, One Per Element C: 2a + 0b = 2c + 0d H: 6a + 2b = 4c + 2d O: 1a + 1b = 2c + 0d 3. Solve For All Variables a = 1 b = 1 c = 1 d = 2 4. Substitute and Verify Result C2H5OH + H2O = CH3COOH + 2H2 L R C: 2 2 ✔️ H: 8 8 ✔️ O: 2 2 ✔️