# How would you balance the following equation: CH4 + O2 --> CO2 + H2O?

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Dec 4, 2015

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First look at the C atoms. At first glance they are balanced with 1 C on each side.

Now look at the H atoms. They are not balanced. There are 4 H atoms on the left side and 2 H atoms on the right. Place a coefficient of 2 in front of the

Now look at the O atoms. They are not balanced. There are 2 O atoms on the left side and 4 on the right. Place a coefficient of 2 in front of the

The equation is now balanced. Each side has 1 C atom, 4 H atoms, and 4 O atoms.

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