27Take the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen to form water, for example. We know we will need two H2 molecules for every one O2 molecule to produce two H2O molecules. However, four hydrogen molecules combined with two oxygen molecules will make four water molecules just as well! Similarly, six hydrogen molecules combined with three oxygen molecules also perfectly balance, making six water molecules. So long as we consider all three molecular quantities to be unknown, we will never be able to solve for just one correct answer, because there is no one correct set of absolute quantities, only one correct set of ratios or proportions.