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ERIC Number: EJ828510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Mathematical Modeling of Chemical Stoichiometry
Croteau, Joshua; Fox, William P.; Varazo, Kristofoland
PRIMUS, v17 n4 p301-315 Oct 2007
In beginning chemistry classes, students are taught a variety of techniques for balancing chemical equations. The most common method is inspection. This paper addresses using a system of linear mathematical equations to solve for the stoichiometric coefficients. Many linear algebra books carry the standard balancing of chemical equations as an example of solving a system of linear equations. First, we present an example that we both use in our freshman algebra classes for modeling and problem solving and in our linear algebra class. Then we continue by giving a mathematical modeling algorithm for balancing the more complicated "oxidation-reduction" ("redox") equations using a system of linear equations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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