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Postby Elizabeth Bowen 1J » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:06 pm

Does it matter if when we make a balanced redox reaction whether we simplify the coefficients or not?

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Re: Simplifying

Postby chrisleung-2J » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:21 pm

I think that after adding the half-rxn equations to get the overall redox equation we should technically simplify it if possible. However, in most cases I don't think we need to do further simplification since both charge and the number of atoms of each element should already be balanced.

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Re: Simplifying

Postby pmokh14B » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:48 pm

you should usually simplify if the question asks for the overall reaction.

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Re: Simplifying

Postby Celine 1F » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:07 am

Simplifying can be done at the very end for the overall equation

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Re: Simplifying

Postby Daria MacAuslan 1H » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:36 am

you can definitely simplify at the end, it won't change the potentials at all. Still, usually after balancing half reactions the final one will already be in its most simplified form

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Re: Simplifying

Postby Juana Abana 1G » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:23 pm

Simplifying can be done after adding both half reactions.

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Re: Simplifying

Postby Jessa Maheras 4F » Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:43 pm

I think it's always easier to simplify first! Saves some time. Just be careful to make sure you balance electrons when writing the net equation!

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Re: Simplifying

Postby Radha Patel 4I » Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:46 pm

I would simplify after you add both reactions together, so you won't make any mistakes and can double check that all of the right coefficients and molecules are in the balanced equation.

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