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# What is the differences between subscripts and coefficients?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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7y ago

A coefficient is the number that goes before an element when your balancing the equation. And a subscript is the number after the element. Subscripts are not changed when you balance the equation.

Solon Thompson

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2y ago

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7y ago

A coefficient is the number of atoms or molecules involved in a chemical reaction; it is placed before.
A subscript is the number of a type of atoms in a molecule.

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### How can you balance a chemical equation by changing the subscripts?

Balancing only allows you to change the coefficients, NOT the subscripts.

### When balancing equations should you adjust the subscripts or the coefficients?

Subscripts state how many atoms and Coefficients state how many molecules there are. So when balancing an equation you always adjust the coefficients. When this equation is balanced, what is the coefficient for Ni(NO&Euml;&Auml;)&Euml;&Auml;? 4

### To balance a chemical equation you must adjust the?

Tsubscripts of the reactants equal the subscripts of the products.

### How is the coefficient used to count the number of atoms in a substance?

These coefficients are subscripts after the symbol of the chemical element.

### Are Chemical equations are balanced by changing the subscripts of the molecules?

ABSOLUTELY NOT Change the coefficients on reactant or productt units.

### How Chemical equations are balanced by changing the subscripts of the molecule true or false?

False. They are balanced by changing the coefficients.

### When balancing a chemical equation do you alter the coefficients but not the subscripts in the equation?

Subscripts state how many atoms and Coefficients state how many molecules there are. So when balancing an equation you always adjust the coefficients. When this equation is balanced, what is the coefficient for Ni(NO&Euml;&Auml;)&Euml;&Auml;? 4

### Can a decimal be a coefficient in a chemical equation?

No! You can change coefficients as needed to balance an equation but you cannot just change a substance's subscripts.

### Which do you use to balance equations subscrips or coefficients?

Both. you must have the correct subscripts to represent the correct chemical then you only change the coefficients to balance the equation. The product of a coefficient and a subscript tells how many atoms are present.

### Is it true or false when adding coefficients I can only add them to the beginning of a chemical formula or element.?

This is true. Never change the subscripts, because that changes the substance. You use coefficients to indicate the amount of each reactant and product.

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### Is this true or false Subscripts can be changed in order to balance a chemical equation?

False. Subscript cannot be change to balance chemical equations. Only coefficients can be added to balance chemical equation.