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Is it true that only TWO molecules of water are required to balance the equation for the reaction of HCL with Calcium Hydroxide.(calcium chloride is the other product....why???
Thanks andy

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  1. HCl + Ca(OH)2 ==> CaCl2 + H2O

    I start by seeing 2 Cl on the right. I fix that with a 2HCl
    2HCl + Ca(OH)2 --> CaCl2 + H2O

    So Ca and Cl now balance. That leaves only H and O. I usually count what I have on the left (since the 2 for HCl and 1 for Ca(OH)2 seem to be ok.) I see 4 H atoms on the left (2 from HCl and 2 from Ca(OH)2. So I add a 2 for H2O on the right.
    2HCl + Ca(OH)2 ==> CaCl2 + 2H2O.

    So yes, water requires a 2. WHY? Because everything balances with 2H2O. Stick any other number there and it won't balance.

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  2. thanks so much....andy

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