Balancing redox reactions

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Balancing redox reactions

Postby 504656498 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:56 pm

What is the difference between balancing half reactions for reduction/oxidation half reactions in an acidic vs. basic solution?

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Re: Balancing redox reactions

Postby Miya Eberlein 1J » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:59 pm

For balancing half reactions in both acidic and basic solutions, balance the elements that are not H or O first. Then balance the O atoms by adding H20. The balancing of these half reactions differ in this next step; in acidic solution, balance H by using H+. In basic solution, balance H by using H20 to the side of each half reaction that needs H and adding OH to the other side.


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