# Balancing reaction of Sodium bicarbonate and sulfuric acid

I am trying to balance the equation for the reaction of sodium bicarbonate and sulfuric acid.

This is what I have gotten so far:

2 NaHCO3 + 2 H2SO4 ---> 2NaSO4 + 3 H2O + 2CO2

I am trying to figure out where I went wrong, because I have more oxygen atoms on the product side, than on the reactant side.

Original equation:

NaHCO3 + H2SO4 ---> NaSO4 + H2O + CO2

 ISneezeFunny Posts: 4,186, Reputation: 4188 Ultra Member #2 Jul 30, 2008, 08:43 PM
This website should help

http://richardbowles.tripod.com/chemistry/balance.htm
 kramerrobert Posts: 1, Reputation: 5 New Member #3 May 11, 2009, 04:51 PM
Your salt is wrong. I did the same thing working this problem. The sulfate ion has a 2- charge and sodium is a group one metal. Your salt should be Na2SO4.
 Perito Posts: 3,139, Reputation: 781 Ultra Member #4 May 11, 2009, 04:57 PM
Quote:
 NaHCO3 + H2SO4 ---> NaSO4 + H2O + CO2
$2 NaHCO_3 + H_2SO_4 \rightarrow Na_2SO_4 + 2H_2CO_3 \rightarrow Na_2SO_4 + 2H_2O + 2CO_2$

I think that's right. Yup. It's right.
 tvdideal Posts: 1, Reputation: 10 Junior Member #5 Mar 6, 2011, 12:27 AM
H2SO4 + 2 NaHCO3 ===> Na2SO4 + 2 CO2 + 2 H2O is the correct reaction

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