Chemistry: Chemical Reactions – Balancing Equations


The most important aspect to understanding chemical reaction is balancing equations. Without balancing the equation we only know which compounds react with each other and what the product is, when we balance them we know how many molecules of each reactant and how many molecules of product are in each reaction.


Before we fully understand chemical reactions you must learn how to balance that equations, is a good website to get a great understanding of how to do this. I chose this website because it is super easy to understand, it has definition and examples. It also has an easy video to follow along with. Another really good website that is helpful to learning how to balance equations is and a book that could also help you understand this topic even better is “Chemical Reactions and Their Equations, Guide and Reference Book, for Students of Chemistry”.


Plants apply a chemical reaction called photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide and water into food (glucose) and oxygen. It’s one of the most common everyday chemical reactions and also one of the most important, since this is how plants produce food for themselves and animals and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. This is the equation balanced:

6 CO2 + 6 H2O + light → C6H12O6 + 6 O2