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Chemistry: Balancing Chemical Equations - Practice

by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will describe what “reactants” and “products” in a chemical equation mean.
  • Students will explain the difference between “coefficients” and “subscripts” in chemical equations.
  • Students will recognize that the number of atoms of each element is conserved in a chemical reaction.
  • Students will balance a chemical equation.


  • reactant
  • synthesis (combination)
  • product
  • double replacement (precipitation)
  • combustion
  • neutralization (acid-base)
  • decomposition
  • single replacement (oxidation-reduction)

About the Lesson

This lesson involves students using ChemBox feature of TI-NspireTM technology to practice balancing chemical equations.

  • Students will use Edit mode of the activity to enter given reactants and products in a chemical equation.
  • Students will use Balance mode for visual support necessary to balance a chemical equation.


As a result, students will:

  • Reinforce understanding that the number of atoms is conserved in a chemical reaction
  • Recognize the meaning of coefficients and subscripts in a chemical equation.