What is a balanced chemical equation? Why should chemical equations be balanced?

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Balanced chemical equation

When the total number of atoms on the reactant side and the product side is equal, the equation is called a balanced equation.

Need for balancing a chemical equation

  • A chemical equation needs to be balanced because a chemical reaction is just a rearrangement of atoms.
  • Atoms themselves are neither created nor destroyed during the course of a chemical reaction.
  • The chemical equation needs to be balanced to follow the law of conservation of mass.

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