Balancing Redox Reactions

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Thu Uyen Tran 1B
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Balancing Redox Reactions

Postby Thu Uyen Tran 1B » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:08 pm

When balancing redox reactions, you add H+ to an acidic solution and OH- for a basic solution, right? Why do we not use H3O+?

torialmquist1F
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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions

Postby torialmquist1F » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:16 pm

I believe you don't use H3O+ because then it would unbalance the oxygens in the reaction

Glendy Gonzalez 1A
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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions

Postby Glendy Gonzalez 1A » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:18 pm

Yes, you use H+ in acidic solutions and OH- in basic solutions.

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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions

Postby Shane Simon 2K » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:54 pm

H30+ is basically just H20 and H+ so adding H30+ would just complicate the balancing by including extra molecules that aren't needed when you could just use H+ to balance.

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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions

Postby Nathan Tu 2C » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:20 pm

We use H+ to balance redox reactions because its easier. With H3O+, we have extra oxygens we have to balance so it would make reaction balancing harder.


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