This week we learn about different ways to describe compounds and how those compounds behave when undergoing chemical change. We learn about chemical reactions and how mass is always conserved, which is what requires equations to be balanced. Balancing chemical reactions can seem like a tedious process. Let’s try to make it simpler.
Choose one chemical reaction from the practice exercises that you balanced. In the simplest description possible, explain what is going in the reaction. Explain how you would balance the reaction. Explain how you know the reaction is balanced. Try to give an everyday example or analogy to help support your explanation. When developing your explanations, imagine trying to explain this information to an elementary school aged student.
Here is the equation to use:
P4(s) + O2(g) ⟶ P4O10(s) = P4(s) + 5O2(g) –> P4O10(s)