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balancing basic half reactions

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:04 pm
by Noh_Jasmine_1J
why do we balance H with H2O in basic rxns instead of just OH to begin with?

Re: balancing basic half reactions

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:13 pm
by fgalasso1b
You have to balance the H20 with H+ on the other side, but since it's a basic solution, you have to add OH- to the side you added H+ to, which then just becomes H2O.