# How do you balance Na C l \rightarrow N a + C l _ { 2}?

May 10, 2017

2NaCl → 2Na + Cl_2

#### Explanation:

NaCl → Na + Cl_2

To balance this equation, we make the number of each element the same on both sides.

So Left Hand Side
Na= 1
Cl=1

And Right Hand Side
Na=1
Cl=2

We balance the Cl first by placing a 2 in front of the NaCl
2NaCl → Na + Cl_2

We now have
LHS
Na=2 Cl= 2

RHS
Na=1 Cl=2

So now we need to balance the Na by placing a 2 in front of it
2NaCl → 2Na + Cl_2

LHS
Na=2 Cl=2

RHS
Na=2 Cl=2

Success!