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    05-12-2011 02:30 PM #1 How would I balance this equation?

    KClO3 ---> CCl + O2

    How would I balance it? The ---> represents an arrow. Explanation and answer would be great.
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    05-12-2011 03:20 PM #2

    I think you mean to be ----->KCl not CCl

    and it would go 2KClO3 ---> 2KCl + 3O2

    Its easy....you can only change the coefficients in front of each item....the law of conservation of mass dictates that matter cannot be created or destroyed...

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    05-12-2011 03:44 PM #3

    Shit, too late he got it. Funny how we just learned these in Chem.
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    05-12-2011 03:59 PM #4

    Quote Originally Posted by BuffaloBooker View Post
    I think you mean to be ----->KCl not CCl

    and it would go 2KClO3 ---> 2KCl + 3O2

    Its easy....you can only change the coefficients in front of each item....the law of conservation of mass dictates that matter cannot be created or destroyed...
    It's definitely CCl. I think it might be some form of combustion reaction?
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    05-12-2011 04:49 PM #5

    Quote Originally Posted by AsianInvasion View Post
    It's definitely CCl. I think it might be some form of combustion reaction?
    It's not combustion as you are not reacting the substance with O2, the oxygen is a product. And like BuffaloBooker said, there needs to be potassium (k) involved somewhere in the products.


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    05-12-2011 06:42 PM #6

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamy View Post
    It's not combustion as you are not reacting the substance with O2, the oxygen is a product. And like BuffaloBooker said, there needs to be potassium (k) involved somewhere in the products.
    Okay, I asked my teacher via email, and when I asked:
    "I don't see how its possible. The K can't just become a C?"

    She responded saying:
    "It can become a C"

    So what am I missing?
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    05-12-2011 06:48 PM #7

    umm. im too retarded too do these kinds of these ;D

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    05-12-2011 06:51 PM #8

    Quote Originally Posted by AsianInvasion View Post
    Okay, I asked my teacher via email, and when I asked:
    "I don't see how its possible. The K can't just become a C?"

    She responded saying:
    "It can become a C"

    So what am I missing?
    Unless you want to form another product involving the potassium, I don't see how you can balance that.


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    05-13-2011 09:05 AM #9

    you cant just turn a potassium into a carbon...wtf is this

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    05-13-2011 11:36 AM #10

    alchemy at its finest i guess...I don't know what you teacher is talking about, but you cannot just create material and make others disappear....either you are leaving out part of the original problem or your teacher is wrong....it is 100% impossible to have potassium magically turn into carbon...

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