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Balancing a chemical equation

What is the coefficient for water (H2O) when the
following equation is balanced using the lowest whole numbered coefficients?

Al(s)+ ____H20(l) --> Al(OH)3(s) + H2(g)

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What you are trying to do is balance the charges (+) or (-) to make them zero or cancel each other out. Now in the problem you have given you need to balance the reactants (on the left side) with ...

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This question asks what is the coefficient of a reactant used in a chemical reaction. The solution describes the steps used to balance this equation. The concepts described here can be applied to all chemical equations.