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H20, HO-, and H+ When Balancing

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:45 pm
by Kevin Chang 2I
How does one know when to add H20, HO-, and/or H+ to either side of the Redox reaction when balancing it?

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

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:52 pm
by jonathanshi_1A
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-).