PROBLEM 53P

Is each chemical equation correctly balanced? If not, correct it.

(a) Rb(s) + H2O(l) → RbOH(aq) + H2(g)

(b) 2 N2H4(g) + N2O4(g) → 3 N2(g) + 4H2O(g)

(c) NiS(s) + O2(g) → NiO(s) + SO2(g)

(d) PbO(s) + 2NH3(g) → Pb(s) + N2(g) + H2O(l)

Solution 53P

Step 1:

(a) Rb(s) + H2O(l) → RbOH(aq) + H2(g)

This given equation is unbalanced, in order to balance this equation, multiply 2 with H2O and 2 with RbOH , The above equation can be written as,

Rb(s) + 2H2O(l) → 2RbOH(aq) + H2(g)

Total number of Rb in reactant is 2, in order to balance the total number of Rb in both the sides multiply 2 with Rb. The equation becomes,

2Rb(s) + 2H2O(l) → 2RbOH(aq) + H2(g)