## Balancing Redox equations in Basic conditions

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### Balancing Redox equations in Basic conditions

Hi, I am having trouble knowing where to put the OH- and H2O when making my half reactions. I tried completing 14.5 in the 6th edition, but I just can't seem to figure it out. Can someone please explain?

An example is P4(s) > H2PO2^- +PH3

Anita Wong 1H
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### Re: Balancing Redox equations in Basic conditions

they both go on the left side

almaochoa2D
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### Re: Balancing Redox equations in Basic conditions

You have to make everything is balanced. P4 is the reactant for both equations. After you've split the equations balance the O's then balance the H's and lastly balance the charges. In a basic solution, you add H2O and OH to balance the reactions. Then you add elections to whichever side has the least negative charge.

Carlos De La Torre 2L
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### Re: Balancing Redox equations in Basic conditions

You have to add water to balance out the oxygens once you balance all other elements, so in this case it would be on the left. Then you add OH^- to balance the hydrogens and oxygens. Then lastly you balance the charges. Since you can't raise the charge of one side, you can only lower it you add electrons to the most positive side s.t. it matches the most negative side.