Acidic conditions- relevant?

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Payton Kammerer 2B
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Acidic conditions- relevant?

Postby Payton Kammerer 2B » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:51 pm

We are frequently given the condition "under acidic conditions" to let us know that hydrogen ions aren't a limiting reactant, but will we ever be in a situation in which they will be limiting? In that case, would it be appropriate to use an ice box to figure out the initial H ion concentration, and then another ice box to figure out how much more would be produced after what is available is used by the reaction? Would it go on like this forever? If it does, does that mean that H ions can never be limiting, and thereby make "under acidic conditions" irrelevant?

Hannah Romeo 1J
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Re: Acidic conditions- relevant?

Postby Hannah Romeo 1J » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:56 am

I think acidic conditions are written in the problem to let us know to use H+ and Water to balance the redox reactions instead of OH- and Water. Personally, I do not hydrogen ions can ever be limiting in a solution, unless the solution is very basic.

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