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The usual reaction for the formation of water is: H2+O2->2H2O but why cant we write it as H2+1/2O2->H2O? PLEASE HELP

The usual reaction for the formation of water is:
H2+O2->2H2O
but why cant we write it as
H2+1/2O2->H2O? PLEASE HELP

Grade:11

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Chetan Mandayam Nayakar
312 Points
10 years ago

The equation must be BALANCED and ONLY INTEGERS(NO FRACTIONS) are allowed

Therefore the correct way of writing it is

2H2+O2->2H2O

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