Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

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Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby Noe BM 1J » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:37 pm

What is the difference between a redox reaction in acidic solution and one in a basic solution?

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby ASetlur_1G » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:40 pm

In terms of balancing redox reactions in acidic vs. basic solutions, the only difference is that in basic solutions, for every H+ that you add, you add an OH to the opposite side.

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby ShastaB4C » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:46 pm

You pretty much follow the same process, but the basic solution has a few more steps.

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby JesseAuLec1Dis1G » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:48 pm

I think it's almost the same but in acidic reactions H+ is used to balance equations and in basic reactions OH- is used to balance equations.

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby Vivianvelazquez_1J » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:49 pm

The difference between reactions in basic and acidic conditions is that balancing reactions in a base, you would first balance it like how you would in an acid, but since you're in a basic solution now, you would add enough OH- to both sides of the equation to neutralize the H+

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby kausalya_1k » Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:55 pm

The main difference is that in acidic redox solutions you balance the H with H+. However, with basic solutions, you would balance the hydrogens using OH-.

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby kristi le 2F » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:53 am

In acidic solutions, the concentration of hydronium ions that the concentration of hydroxide ions so H+ should be used to properly balance the half-rxns. So, for basic solutions, OH- should be used because this is the ion that is at a higher concentration in the solution.

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby Brandi 2C » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:14 pm

Hey, I understand that you add H2O to both basic/acidic solutions and add OH-/H+ to balance the H's for them respectively, but how do you know whether a question is in a basic or acidic solution if it is not mentioned in the question description?

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Re: Acidic vs. Basic Solutions

Postby 805097738 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:09 pm

if it is in acidic solution you use H+ to balance out the equation and if it is in basic solution you use OH-

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