Oxygen gas reacts with hydrogen gas to form liquid water.

Writing The Word Equation for The Formation of Liquid Water

To write the word equation based on the statement ”Oxygen gas reacts with hydrogen gas to form liquid water. is a two step process: 1) Identify the chemicals involved; oxygen, hydrogen and water  2) Determine which are reactants and products. The “to form” separates the oxygen and hydrogen reactants from the product water. The “to form” implies the arrow(➝) in the word equation between the reactants and product. The “reacts with” implies a plus(+) sign between the oxygen and hydrogen. The word equation is “oxygen + hydrogen ➝ water”.

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