Does order matter?

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Wilson Yeh 1L
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Does order matter?

Postby Wilson Yeh 1L » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:09 pm

Say my answer is Cl2 + H2O --> Cl- + HClO + H+, could I also write it as H20 + Cl2 --> HClO + Cl- + H+?

Is there a standard way to order this? Or does it not matter? Thanks!

Sammy Thatipelli 1B
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Re: Does order matter?

Postby Sammy Thatipelli 1B » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:12 pm

I do not think order matters as long as your reactants and products are on their respective sides.

Veritas Kim 2L
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Re: Does order matter?

Postby Veritas Kim 2L » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:36 pm

No, I think as long as you have a balance equation with all the H+, e-, and H20 on the right side (reactant or product) with the arrow pointing in the right direction (reduction/oxidation) you will be fine.

Chris Lamb 1G
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Re: Does order matter?

Postby Chris Lamb 1G » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:00 pm

We haven't learned any convention for that specific order, but I would imagine that a rule likely exists for making very long reactions more organized. We don't have to worry about it for this class, though.

Erik Khong 2E
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Re: Does order matter?

Postby Erik Khong 2E » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:42 pm

I am sure it doesn't really matter for this class, but I personally like to keep them in the order of importance. I tend to have them in the order of the species being reduced, the species being oxidized, then H2O and/or H+.

Jennifer Ho 1K
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Re: Does order matter?

Postby Jennifer Ho 1K » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:14 pm

There's no correct way of ordering the species, as long as the right species are on the right side, it doesn't matter.

Jaewoo Jo 2L
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Re: Does order matter?

Postby Jaewoo Jo 2L » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:15 pm

The order does not matter if the order is switched but can't switch over between reactants and products.

Elizabeth Bamishaye 2I
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Re: Does order matter?

Postby Elizabeth Bamishaye 2I » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:56 pm

Erik Khong 2E wrote:I am sure it doesn't really matter for this class, but I personally like to keep them in the order of importance. I tend to have them in the order of the species being reduced, the species being oxidized, then H2O and/or H+.

Yeah, I like to do this as well.


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