# 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?

##### 1 Answer

Aug 21, 2017

#### Explanation:

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