H20, HO-, and H+ When Balancing

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Kevin Chang 2I
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H20, HO-, and H+ When Balancing

Postby Kevin Chang 2I » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:45 pm

How does one know when to add H20, HO-, and/or H+ to either side of the Redox reaction when balancing it?

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Re: H20, HO-, and H+ When Balancing

Postby jonathanshi_1A » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:52 pm

In an acidic solution:
1. Balance all non-O/H atoms.
2. Balance O atoms with H2O.
3. Balance H+ atoms with H+.

In a basic solution:
1. Balance all non-O/H atoms.
2. Balance O atoms with H2O.
3. Balance H+ atoms with H+.
4. Neutralize H+ atoms with OH- to create H2O and add to both sides equally (the OH-).


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