Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

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J Medina 2I
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Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby J Medina 2I » Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:55 pm

Will we usually be told if the redox reaction we're asked to balance is either acidic or basic?

Max Madrzyk Dis 4G
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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Max Madrzyk Dis 4G » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:23 pm

From what I've seen from the homework problems I think they have to tell us if the solution is in an acidic or basic environment.

Deena Doan 2F
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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Deena Doan 2F » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:44 pm

I'm pretty sure it will tell us in the problem.

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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Uisa_Manumaleuna_3E » Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:12 pm

the test specified for us if it will be basic or acidic, and I imagine that they'll advise us also on the final, because of the extra steps we have to calculate in basic solutions.

Caroline Beecher 2H
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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Caroline Beecher 2H » Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:40 pm

From what I have seen the problem will always tell us what kind of solution (basic or acidic) we are dealing with. There wouldn't really be a way to know which redox process otherwise so I would just worry about being able to know how to do the problems for the different solutions.

Sara Richmond 2K
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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Sara Richmond 2K » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:37 am

The question will usually specify acidic or basic solution. If no solution is specified assume acidic.

Kayli Choy 2F
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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Kayli Choy 2F » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:22 pm

To add on, when balancing reactions in acidic solutions, you can use H2O to balance the oxygen molecules, and H3O+ to balance the hydrogen molecules. When balancing reactions in basic solutions, you would use H2O and OH- ions.

Astrid Lunde 1I
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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Astrid Lunde 1I » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:51 pm

It should specify if it is Basic or Acidic. Acidic meaning balance with H+ and Basic meaning balance with OH-.

William Francis 2E
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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby William Francis 2E » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:09 pm

Yes, every problem I've encountered where I've had to balance a redox reaction have specified whether or not the reaction occurs in a basic or acidic solution (to know if H+ or OH- are available when it comes time to balance hydrogen in the half reactions as described in Toolbox 6K.1 on page 538).

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Re: Acidic and Basic Redox Reactions

Postby Pablo 1K » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:06 pm

You must be told in order to know if you will have h plus or oh-


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