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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074

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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Write a balanced equation for the reaction of aluminum hydroxide with sulfuric acid.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The given reaction should be balanced.

Concept introduction:

The law of conservation of mass states that no atoms can be created or destroyed in a chemical reaction, therefore, the number of atoms present in the reactants is equal to the number of atoms present in the products.

Explanation

Aluminum hydroxide reacts with sulfuric acid which yields the Aluminium sulfate and water, the balanced equation is given below.

  

Balance the aluminium atom in the given equation, when balancing the equation, we should not alter the subscripts and we can change coefficients.  There are two aluminium atoms in the right side and one aluminium in the left side.  Two molecule of Aluminum hydroxide is added to the left side of the reaction.  Therefore according to the Aluminum atom the balanced equation is given below.

  

Next, balance the sulfur atom in the equation, there are three oxygen atoms in the left side and sulfur atom in the left side...

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