Tips for Balancing Equations • List the individual atoms (remember to add atoms from different compounds, everything that is on one side of the chemical equation.) • FOCUS ON ONE ATOM AT A TIME! (whichever side has less, add more molecules to that side) • Leave individual elements alone until the very end. • If one side is even and the other odd, feel free to multiply everything by 2. • No matter how big the number is, it might be right, and we can always simplify down.