# Question #776cd

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Here's how to balance nuclear equations.

#### Explanation:

The main point to remember is that the sums of the superscripts and the sums of the subscripts must be the same on each side of the equation.

**Equation 1**

#""_6^12"C" + ""_6^12"C" → ""_x^y"Z"#

**Sum of superscripts**:

**Sum of subscripts**:

∴ The nuclear equation is

#""_6^12"C" + ""_6^12"C" → ""_12^24"Mg"#

**Equation 2**

#""_6^12"C" + ""_6^12"C" → ""_12^23"Mg" + ""_x^y"Z"#

**Sum of superscripts**:

**Sum of subscripts**:

The particle with zero charge and a relative mass of 1 is a **neutron**.

∴ The nuclear equation is

#""_6^12"C" + ""_6^12"C" → ""_12^23"Mg" + ""_0^1"n"#