# Balance the chemical equation C2H6O+ O2 = CO2+ H2O IN DETAIL INCLUDING ALL STEPS

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by ilmalaryalatil

2016-04-12T00:03:43+05:30
The equation is:

C₂H₆O + O₂ = CO₂ + H₂O

Here, number of atoms of the given elements are as follows:
Reactant Side     Product Side
C   -           2                       1
H   -           6                       2
O   -           3                       3
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First, we balance carbon,

C₂H₆O + O₂ = 2CO₂ + H₂O

Now, number of atoms of the given elements are as follows:
Reactant Side     Product Side
C   -           2                       2
H   -           6                       2
O   -           3                       5
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Now, we balance Hydrogen:

C₂H₆O + O₂ = 2CO₂ + 3H₂O

Now, number of atoms of the given elements are as follows:
Reactant Side     Product Side
C   -           2                       2
H   -           6                       6
O   -           3                       7
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Finally, we balance Oxygen:

C₂H₆O + 3O₂ = 2CO₂ + 3H₂O

Now, number of atoms of the given elements are as follows:
Reactant Side     Product Side
C   -           2                       2
H   -           6                       6
O   -           7                       7
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Thus, the final balanced equation is:

C₂H₆O + 3O₂ = 2CO₂ + 3H₂O