Formulae are important in biochemistry because they provide a concise way to describe the chemical make-up of a compound . the following equation is written showing formulas of the reactants and products separated by an arrow.
CH4 + 2O2 CO2+ 2H2O
This equation can be read in three ways.
1. C-H- four plus two react to give C-O-two plus two-H-two-O
2. Methane reacts with oxygen to produce/to yield carbon dioxide and water.
3. One mole of methane and two moles of oxygen react to produce one mole of carbon dioxide and two moles of water.

Resource : Ari setiyorini,,M.A. (lecture university muhammadiyah Surabaya)

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