C_{2}H_{5}OH + O → C_{2}H_{4}(OH)_{2}

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### Word Equation

Ethanol + Oxygen = Ethylene Glycol

One mole of

and one mole of

combine lớn khuông one mole of

### Reaction Expressions

K_{c} or Q = ( [C_{2}H_{4}(OH)_{2}] ) / ( [C_{2}H_{5}OH] [O] )

(assuming all reactants and products are aqueous. substitutue 1 for any solids/liquids, and Psubstance for gases.)

rate = -(Δ[C_{2}H_{5}OH] / Δt) = -(Δ[O] / Δt) = (Δ[C_{2}H_{4}(OH)_{2}] / Δt)

(assuming constant volume in a closed system and no accumulation of intermediates or side products)

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## Balance C2H5OH + O = C2H4(OH)2 Using the Algebraic Method

To balance the equation C2H5OH + O = C2H4(OH)2 using the algebraic method step-by-step, you must have experience solving systems of linear equations. The most common methods are substitution/elimination and linear algebra, but any similar method will work.

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### Label Each Compound With a Variable

Label each compound (reactant or product) in the equation with a variable lớn represent the unknown coefficients.

a C

_{2}H_{5}OH + b O = c C_{2}H_{4}(OH)_{2}### Create a System of Equations

Create an equation for each element (C, H, O) where each term represents the number of atoms of the element in each reactant or product.

**C**: 2a + 0b = 2c**H**: 6a + 0b = 6c**O**: 1a + 1b = 2c### Solve For All Variables

Use substitution, Gaussian elimination, or a calculator lớn solve for each variable.

- 2a - 2c = 0
- 6a - 6c = 0
- 1a + 1b - 2c = 0

Use your graphing calculator's rref() function (or an online rref calculator) lớn convert the following matrix into reduced row-echelon-form:

[ 2 0 -2 0] [ 6 0 -6 0] [ 1 1 -2 0]

The resulting matrix can be used lớn determine the coefficients. In the case of a single solution, the last column of the matrix will contain the coefficients.

Simplify the result lớn get the lowest, whole integer values.

- a = 1 (C2H5OH)
- b = 1 (O)
- c = 1 (C2H4(OH)2)

### Substitute Coefficients and Verify Result

Count the number of atoms of each element on each side of the equation and verify that all elements and electrons (if there are charges/ions) are balanced.

C

_{2}H_{5}OH + O = C_{2}H_{4}(OH)_{2}Reactants Products C 2 2 ✔️ H 6 6 ✔️ O 2 2 ✔️ Since there is an equal number of each element in the reactants and products of C2H5OH + O = C2H4(OH)2, the equation is balanced.

## Balance C2H5OH + O = C2H4(OH)2 Using Inspection

The law of conservation of mass states that matter cannot be created or destroyed, which means there must be the same number atoms at the over of a chemical reaction as at the beginning. To be balanced, every element in C2H5OH + O = C2H4(OH)2 must have the same number of atoms on each side of the equation. When using the inspection method (also known as the trial-and-error method), this principle is used lớn balance one element at a time until both sides are equal and the chemical equation is balanced.

### 1. Count the number of each element on the left and right hand sides

Reactants (Left Hand Side) | Products (Right Hand Side) | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Reactants | Products | |||||

C_{2}H_{5}OH | O | Total | C_{2}H_{4}(OH)_{2} | Total | ||

C | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 | ✔️ | |

H | 6 | 6 | 6 | 6 | ✔️ | |

O | 1 | 1 | 2 | 2 | 2 | ✔️ |

The number of atoms of each element on both sides of C2H5OH + O = C2H4(OH)2 is equal which means that the equation is already balanced and no additional work is needed.

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