What is reaction stoichiometry? What is the significance of the coefficients in a balanced chemical equation?

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Stoichiometry is the numerical relationship betweem amounts of chemicals in a balanced equation.

Stoichiometry allows for the prediction of the amount of products that will form in a reaction based on the amount of reactants present in the reaction.  It also works vice versa, (The amount of products present can also be used to determine the amount of reactants used to form the product)

The coefficients in a reaction specify the ratio (relative amounts) of moles of each substance involved in the a reaction.
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