Choosing Oxidation vs Reduction

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Choosing Oxidation vs Reduction

Postby 104422816 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:46 pm

In the Gold Ring Dissolving example from page 52 of the course reader I see that we are using the reduction reaction for nitric oxide. But Im confused how you would know to do this seeing as you are putting a gold ring in a solution of nitric acid... so the nitric acid has to have already formed. If I were interpreting this question I would do the oxidation reaction of nitric oxide and the reduction of gold, which is wrong according to the solution.

Any help would be appreciated

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Re: Choosing Oxidation vs Reduction

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:49 pm

It is because nitric oxide is a strong oxidizing agent and metals are usually reducing agent(it is hard to find metal ion with negative charges).

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