Why is a balanced chemical equation needed for stoichiometric calculations?

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Oct 19, 2015

Answer:

Because by definition stoichiometry means #"in the right measure"#. If you don't have a balanced chemical equation your proportions will be out!

Explanation:

Mass is conserved for every chemical process and equation, whereas it may not be conserved for every nuclear reaction. Every reactant particle must thus correspond to a product particle; and if you start with #10*g# with respect to reactants, there must be #10*g# with respect to products. If not, someone (you) has made a mistake.