Balancing Redox Reactions in Basic Solution

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Ellis Song 4I
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Balancing Redox Reactions in Basic Solution

Postby Ellis Song 4I » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:52 am

I'm a confused on how to balance a redox reaction in basic solution. Are we supposed to use OH- like we use H+ in a reaction in acidic solution?

Eileen Si 1G
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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions in Basic Solution

Postby Eileen Si 1G » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:05 pm

For basic solutions, you still need to balance the reaction with H+, like in an acidic solution, but add OH- for every H+ that you have in order to cancel the H+ out with the OH-. Hopefully this makes sense.

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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions in Basic Solution

Postby Kassidy Ford 1I » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:13 pm

^^To go off what they said, you add H+ to balance the hydrogens and then add the same amount of OH- to both sides. The H+ and OH- that is on the same side will combine to form H2O

Nathan Rothschild_2D
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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions in Basic Solution

Postby Nathan Rothschild_2D » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:49 am

In basic reactions my TA just used OH- in both the Reduction and Oxidation just on different sides. Where does it say to use H+ in a basic solution?

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Re: Balancing Redox Reactions in Basic Solution

Postby LNgo 1G » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:12 am

Use H+ to balance the hydrogens first and then add OH- to both sides to balance the H+ ions.


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