Basic solution reaction

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Basic solution reaction

Postby keyaluo4C » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:23 am

What is the reduction half-reaction for

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Re: Basic solution reaction

Postby EllerySchlingmann1E » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:47 am

In this reaction, nitrogen is being reduced so the reduction half reaction should be:
NO2- + 5H2O + 6e- ---> NH3 + 7OH-

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Re: Basic solution reaction

Postby KimGiang2F » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:52 am

To get the reduction half-reaction for NO2-(aq) + Al(s) ----> NH3(g) + AlO2-(aq), first you get the skeletal equation (NO2-(aq) ----> NH3(g)). Then you balance O atoms by adding 2 H2O molecules. To balance the H atoms on each side add, for each H atom needed, one H2O molecule to the side of each equation that needs hydrogen and one OH- ion to the opposite side. Since there are seven H atoms on the left side, you add seven H2O molecules for each of the H atoms needed. Since the solution is basic, you would add seven OH- ions on the left side, resulting in 7H2O(l) + NO2-(aq) ----> NH3(g) + 2H2O(l) + 7OH-(aq). Finally, cancel the like species on opposite sides of the arrows and balance the charge by adding electrons to get, 5H2O(l) + NO2-(aq) + 6e- ----> NH3(g) + 7OH-(aq).

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