The incandescent white of a fireworks display is caused by the reaction of phosphorous with #O_2# to give #P_4O_10#. What is the balanced chemical equation for the reaction?
Note that phosphorous is
We have 1 P on the LHS, and 4 on the RHS.
We have 2 O on the LHS, and 10 on the RHS.
We cannot balance a chemical equation by adding, subtracting or dividing atoms, the only way to balance is by multiplication.
Let's multiply the LHS by
Now let's multiply the phosphorus on the LHS by