Problem 14.17- Sixth Edition

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Problem 14.17- Sixth Edition

Postby Kate_Santoso_4F » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:16 pm

a) Write balanced half-reactions for the redox reaction between sodium perchlorate and copper(I) nitrate in an acidic solution.
How do you know which one of these species is being reduced or oxidized and which one is at the cathode or anode? There is no indication in the problem.

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Re: Problem 14.17- Sixth Edition

Postby Chem_Mod » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:10 pm

Notice that the two compounds are ionic, so they will dissociate into their respective metal ions. You can decide which will be the anode half reaction based on which has the higher oxidation potential, and will more want to give up its electrons.

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