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Water, oxygen, etc.

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:41 pm
by Miranda 1J
When we have a balanced equation and we have to split it into its reduction and its oxidation do we always put the oxygens, waters, etc. in the reduction equation and why?

Re: Water, oxygen, etc.

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:00 pm
by Justin Lau 1D
Water, H+ and OH- are only included in the half reactions when the half reactions occur in an acidic or basic solution, or if the reaction itself such as the electrolysis of water involves these factors.