To understand balancing equations, you must be able to complete two steps:
I'll try to illustrate this for the following chemical reaction:
sodium + chlorine ----> sodium chloride
Step 1: You must be able to write the correct formulas for each of the products and reactants. This step involves making sure the subscripts for each reactant and product are correct.
The formulas for the reactants and products are:
sodium - an element is represented by Na