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When writing half reactions to balance a redox reaction, does it matter what you put as the reactants or products? In the textbook, they always put the oxidized molecule on the left and reduced on the right (they do the same for cell diagram). Does it matter? Is it proper to keep oxidized on the left and reduced on the right or should u focus on writing the spontaneous reaction for the half reaction (or doesn’t matter)?
It is better to put the oxidation part of the reaction (anode) on the left side and the reduction part of the reaction (cathode) on the right side so you don't confuse yourself because this is how the book does it. The book sets up the cell diagrams in this way too, so it is recommended that you do it this way as well.
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