Solubility and redox reactions

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Samantha Chung 4I
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Solubility and redox reactions

Postby Samantha Chung 4I » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:31 am

In the 7th edition, question 6N.1, I was wondering if we would be expected to know how to write a reaction for a solubility reaction such as AgCl -> Ag+ and Cl- ? How do we determine which one is oxidized/reduced? Also how do we know what reaction to look out for in the appendix?

Tarika Gujral 1K
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Re: Solubility and redox reactions

Postby Tarika Gujral 1K » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:40 am

For precipitates in general the form is:

REDUCTION: Precipitate + e — ions
OXIDATION: Ions — Precipitate

One ion will not change charge, (for AgCl) Cl- retains an oxidation number of -1, so the other ion is the one that is undergoing oxidation or reduction (the one that is going from solid to +1)

The way you determine which reaction is undergoing oxidation or reduction for a galvanic cell is to evaluate overall cell potential. E must be greater than zero.

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