How do you write a balanced chemical equation for the reaction of magnesium solid with sulfuric acid to form hydrogen gas and magnesium sulfate?
Magnesium combined with sulfuric acid produces magnesium sulfate and hydrogen gas.
The symbol for magnesium is
The formula for sulfuric acid is
Magnesium forms a
The sulfate ion has a charge of
The charges balance and thus the formula for
magnesum sulfate is
Hydrogen gas is diatomic:
The reaction is balanced as written. Each side has one magnesium atom, two hydrogen atoms and one sulfate ion.