Balancing Chemical Equations
The ability to write and balance molecular, ionic and net ionic equations is an essential skill in chemistry. Immediate feedback while practicing this skill is a critical component in the learning process. Each reactant and product in a chemical equation has 4 parts:
- Coefficient (required)
- Formula (required)
- Charge (optional)
- State of Matter (optional)
As the student enters these "parts" for the reactants and products in text boxes and dropdown menus, the program compiles in real-time these "parts" into the actual balanced equation where the formula numbers and state of matter are subscripted and the charges are superscripted (see Try 1 in the image).
Additionally, "More Information" (click link below) about balancing equations can be delivered to students inside an expandable section - this section can be collapsed using the "Hide Information" link below it.