6L. 5 c)

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Labiba Sardar 2A
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6L. 5 c)

Postby Labiba Sardar 2A » Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:45 pm

For the given reaction, Cl2 (g) + H2 (g) --> HCl (aq), when writing the half reactions, why is the product 2Cl- for the reduction of Cl2 and the product for the oxidation of H2 is 2H+? Why aren't the products HCl like how it's given in the question?

Tyler Angtuaco 1G
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Re: 6L. 5 c)

Postby Tyler Angtuaco 1G » Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:55 pm

Since HCl is a strong acid and is aqueous, you can imagine most if not all of the ions in the solution to be present as H+ and Cl- ions. Thus, you are analyzing the reduction of Cl2 to these Cl- ions and the oxidation of H2 into these H+ ions.

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