Steps in balancing Redox

Steps in balancing Redox - smallest whole numbers 9. Check...

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Steps in balancing Oxidation-Reduction equations in acid: 1. Assign oxidation numbers to each atom 2. Split the equation into two half reactions based on what is oxidizing and reducing 3. Balance all atoms except O and H 4. Balance the O atoms by adding H 2 O’s to the side that needs O 5. Balance the H atoms by adding H + ions to the other side 6. Balance electrical charge by adding electrons (e - ) to the more positive side 7. Multiply each half-reaction by a factor such that when the half-reactions are added, electrons cancel 8. Simplify the balanced equation by canceling species that occur on both sides and reduce the coefficients to
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Unformatted text preview: smallest whole numbers 9. Check to make sure it balances Alternative method (For use on simpler problems) 1. Assign oxidation numbers to each atom 2. Split the equation into two half reactions by bringing down ONLY the elements that are oxidizing or reducing (strip it all the way down) 3. Balance electrical charge by adding electrons (e-) to the more positive side 4. Multiply each half-reaction by a factor such that when the half-reactions are added, electrons cancel 5. Combine the equations back together 6. Balance all elements not involved in the half reactions...
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2009 for the course PSE 121 taught by Professor Walker during the Spring '09 term at City Colleges of Chicago.

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