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balance an equation using the oxidation number method

How do I balance an equation using the oxidation number method?
Sn+HNO3---------->SnO2+NO2+H20

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When balancing redox reactions we go through several steps.

1) Find half reactions
2) Balance half reactions in both mass and charge.
3) Adjust have reactions so that electrons will cancel.
4) Add half reaction together

1) To find the half reactions we look at the reactants and products. Sn is obviously forming SnO2, and HNO3 is forming the ...

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