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Unformatted text preview: Module 16: Half-Reaction Balancing Redox: Half-Reaction Balancing: Self-Study Assignment
You will have a QUIZ on the attached pages on _____________________ .
Your assignment is: READ the pages attached. WORK the examples in the lesson.
Complete the pages as homework.
To work the examples,
• use a sheet of paper to cover below the * * * * * line, • try the problem on your paper, • then check your answer below the * * * * * line. Start early. This assignment will require 2-4 hours of work outside of class.
***** ©2009 ChemReview.net v. k1 Page 380 Module 16: Half-Reaction Balancing Module 16: Half-Reaction Balancing
Timing: Module 16 covers redox balancing using half-reactions. Some courses assign this
topic after oxidation numbers. Others assign half-reactions as part of electrochemistry later
in the course. Do this unit when half-reactions are assigned in your course.
Prerequisite: If you cannot solve these problems easily, review Lessons 15A, 15B, and 15D
before starting Module 16. Answers are at the end of Lesson 16A.
1. Define reduction. 2. Balance this half-reaction: F2 F─ 3. What is the oxidation number of
b. The Mn atom in MnO4─ ? a. Each Cl atom in Cl2O5 ? 4. Label each reactant as an oxidizing agent (OA) or reducing agent (RA). Circle the
reactant being oxidized.
a. Sn4+ + Co Co2+ + Sn2+ Ca + 2 H+ b. H2 + Ca2+ ***** Lesson 16A: Balancing Half-Reactions: The CA-WHe! Method
Balancing Half-Reactions That Include Acid and Water
Many redox reactions occur in aqueous solutions, and water is often a term in the reactants
or products. Many redox reactions carried out in aqueous solutions need acidic conditions
for the desired reaction to take place. In these cases, both the redox half-reactions and the
overall reaction may include H+ ions and H2O in the reactants and/or products.
The steps for balancing half-reactions which include H+ and H2O are the same as for
balancing other half-reactions.
• First add coefficients to balance atoms, • then add electrons to balance charge. Using those two steps, solve the following problem.
Q. Balance this half-reaction.
MnO4─ + H+ Mn 2 + + H2O * * * * * (the * * * means: cover below write your answer, then check below.)
Both sides have one Mn atom: Mn is balanced. The left has 4 oxygens, so the right
must have a coefficient of 4 for water.
That gives 8 H atoms on the right, so the H+ coefficient on the left must be 8 for the H
atoms to balance. The atoms are now balanced:
MnO4─ + 8 H+ Mn2+ + 4 H2O but the charge is not balanced. Add electrons to the equation to balance the charges.
***** ©2009 ChemReview.net v. k1 Page 381 Module 16: Half-Reaction Balancing Since the left charges total 7+ and the right 2+, we must add 5 electrons to the left in
order for the charges to balance.
5 e─ + MnO4─ + 8 H+ Mn2+ + 4 H2O The net charge is now +2 on both sides. Atoms and charge are now balanced, so the
half-reaction is balanced. Practice A
Do every other problem. Check answers as you go. Need more...
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2010 for the course CHAP 12 taught by Professor Lebec during the Spring '10 term at Marlboro.
- Spring '10