Balancing an oxidation-reduction reaction?

If anyone could help me in breaking this down step by step so I can understand it better, I'd really appreciate it. The way our notes were given makes everything crammed together and nearly impossible to figure out. The steps we were given in balancing an oxidation-reduction reaction like this make sense to... show more If anyone could help me in breaking this down step by step so I can understand it better, I'd really appreciate it. The way our notes were given makes everything crammed together and nearly impossible to figure out. The steps we were given in balancing an oxidation-reduction reaction like this make sense to me, the example we had is just way too run together.

So this is another problem we were given:

"Balance the following oxidation-reduction reaction that occurs in acidic solution using the half-reaction method:"
(s) = solid (aq) = aqueous (g) = gas
Cu (s) + NO3(-1) (aq) ---> Cu(+2) (aq) + NO (g)

The (-1) would mean the NO3 has a charge of -1.
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