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# How can I balance this chemical equation Pb(NO3)2 + K2CrO4 = PbCrO4 + KNO3?

In order to balance the equation for the double displacement reaction of Lead (II) Nitrate and Potassium Chromate to produce Lead (II) Chromate and Potassium Nitrate.

We begin with the base equation provided in the question.

Pb(NO_3)_2 + K_2CrO_4 -> PbCrO_4 + KNO_3

Looking at the the atom inventory

Reactants Pb = 1 NO_3 = 2 K = 2 CrO_4 = 1

Products Pb = 1 NO_3 = 1 K = 1 CrO_4 = 1

We can see that the K and NO_3 are imbalanced.

If we add a coefficient of 2 in front of the KNO_3 this will balance the equation.

Pb(NO_3)_2 + K_2CrO_4 -> PbCrO_4 + 2KNO_3

Note that I leave the NO_3 and CrO_4 together when they appear on both sides of the equation seeing them as one unit not separate .

I hope this was beneficial. SMARTERTEACHER