# How can you tell when an equation is balanced?

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### How can I tell if a chemical reaction is balanced or not balanced?

If the equation has the same number of each type of atom on both sides of the arrow, it is balanced. If the number of atoms on each side of the arrow is not the same, the equation is not balanced. For example, in the equation H2 + O2 -->H2O, there are two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms on the left, and two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom on the right. Therefore, the…

### What is the difference between a skeleton equation and a balanced chemical equation?

Unbalanced equation is calles skeletal equation. The difference between these equations is that the skeleton equation doesnot show the no. of atoms and molecules in the equation whereas the balanced chemical equation shows. Also the balanced chemical equation shows that the products and the reactants are solid, liquid, gas or aqueous.