# What is the balanced chemical equation for CH3OH+O2 yields CO2+H2O?

Jun 12, 2014

CH_3OH + 1 ½ O_2 -> CO_2 + 2H_2O

Or if you only want whole number coefficients

$2 C {H}_{3} O H + 3 {O}_{2} \to 2 C {O}_{2} + 4 {H}_{2} O$

When you balance an equation you have to make sure that you have the same number of atoms for each type of element on both sides of the yield sign (Conservation of Matter).

It might be helpful if you rewrite the equation combining all like elements for example:

$C {H}_{4} O + {O}_{2} \to C {O}_{2} + {H}_{2} O$