Balancing problem

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Jane Burgan 1C
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Balancing problem

Postby Jane Burgan 1C » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:18 pm

A question asks us to balance this skeletal equation using oxidation and reduction half-reactions, and identify the oxidizing and reducing agent. The reaction is
Cl2(g) --> HClO(aq) + Cl-(aq)
Cl2 is being reduced, so it's the oxidizing agent, but what's being oxidized in this equation?

michelle
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Re: Balancing problem

Postby michelle » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:39 pm

In this reaction, Cl2 is both oxidized and reduced. Try to identify the oxidation number of each "Cl" in this reation.

Arianna Ko 2E
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Re: Balancing problem

Postby Arianna Ko 2E » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:33 pm

Basically the Cl2 is both the oxidizing and reducing agent. The charge of Cl in Cl2(s) is 0, in HClO the charge of Cl is +1, in Cl- the charge of Cl is -1.

Anna O 2C
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Re: Balancing problem

Postby Anna O 2C » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:43 pm

To answer your question I think the Cl- is being oxidized in the HClO- it is gaining an electron in one of the compounds.


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