# What is the balanced equation for S_8+O_2->SO_2?

Apr 14, 2016

${S}_{8} \left(s\right) + 8 {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow 8 S {O}_{2} \left(g\right)$

#### Explanation:

Alternatively I could use a non-integral stoichiometric coefficient for sulfur:

$\frac{1}{8} {S}_{8} \left(s\right) + {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow S {O}_{2} \left(g\right)$, or more simply,

$S \left(s\right) + {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow S {O}_{2} \left(g\right)$

This form might make the arithmetic a bit easier. What is the oxidation state of $S$ in $S {O}_{2}$?