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Basic vs. Acidic Conditions

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:39 pm
by Gwen Peng 1L
Is balancing a reaction under basic conditions the same process as solving for acidic only you take it one step further by adding OH-? So it would be the following:
Step 1: Identify half reactions (which is undergoing oxidation/reduction)
Step 2: Balance the atoms and charges on each half reaction
Step 3: Combine the 2 half reactions and cancel the electrons
Step 4: Add enough OH- to both sides to make the H+ on the reactant side water (i.e. if there's 8H+ in the reactants you add 8OH- to both sides so the H+ and OH- combine on the reactants side)
Step 5: Move the water from the product side to the reactant side and cancel, which leaves only OH- on the product side

Re: Basic vs. Acidic Conditions

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:51 pm
by 404995677
here is a post about acidic vs basic balancing equations

Re: Basic vs. Acidic Conditions

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:26 pm
by CalebBurns3L
You won't have OH- and H+ in the same reaction for these problems. For acidic you'll add H+ and for Basic you'll add OH-