The steps involved in the half-reaction method for balancing equations can be illustrated by considering the reaction used to determine the amount of the triiodide ion (I 3-) in a solution by titration with the thiosulfate (S 2 O 3 2-) ion. STEP 1: Write a skeleton equation for the reaction. The skeleton equation for the reaction on which this.
Step 2: The next step is to balance the equation: write a large number before each compound so the number of atoms of each element on the left hand side (reactants) matches the number on the right (products). This large number is the amount of each compound or element.