# What is the balanced chemical equation for the reaction that occurs between carbon dioxide and water?

## please show step by step process.

$\text{CO"_2"(aq)" = "H"_2"CO"_3"(aq)}$
$\text{H"_2"CO"_3"(aq)"=color(blue)("H"_3"O"^+"(aq)")+"HCO"_3^{-}"(aq)}$
Note the ${\text{H"_3"O}}^{+}$ ion indicated in blue; the solution is acidic.