This excel workbook introduces using matrix algebra to balance chemical reactions. The user can follow several instructional buttons and examples to learn how to set up the required matrices and how to interpret the results. The workbook allows the user to set up their own matrices for chemical reactions involving 2-7 elements. Several sample equations are available for the user to select. See the tutorial for a more detailed description of the matrix algebra.

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Author(s):
John R. Jungck, Beloit College
Jennifer A Spangenberg, Beloit College

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Grimaldi RP. 1980. Balancing Chemical Reactions with Methods and Computer Assistance. Module 339. UMAP (Modules in Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications).

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Jungck John R., Spangenberg Jennifer A () Balancing Chemical Equations Using Matrix Algebra. A module of the Biological ESTEEM Collection, published by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. URL: http://bioquest.org/esteem/esteem_details.php?product_id=212