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Questions tagged [redox]

Redox is the portmanteau of reduction and oxidation. This tag should be used in questions where both the reduction and the oxidation process are under focus. This tag is not limited to inorganic chemistry. If the question is specifically about either reduction or oxidation (not both) of an organic compound, use [organic-reduction] or [organic-oxidation] instead.

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Why this redox equation occurs on basic medium?

I have the following redox equation that I need to balance: $$\ce{MnO4-(aq) + SO3^2-(aq) → MnO2(s) + SO4^2-(aq)}$$ The problem says that it happens on basic medium, but I don't see the $\ce{OH-}$ ...
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What are ionic equations? [closed]

What is the difference between ionic and molecular equations? When are they used? What are the rules followed to write them?
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What is the first ionization energy of the hydride ion?

What is the first ionization energy for hydride? Since there are two electrons in the s orbital, I suppose it should be more stable than hydrogen, despite the extra electric charge, so the ionization ...
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Is electrolysis of molten silver nitrate possible? [duplicate]

Since the salt is molten, the only ions are $\ce{Ag+}$ and $\ce{NO3-}$, and both of them can only do a reduction reaction. Who goes to the anode? Also, there is no acid in the solution — only the salt ...
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Can a half-reaction be oxidation if it has the higher reduction potential?

I am working on a problem that provides these two half-reactions: $$ \begin{align} \ce{Fe^3+ (aq) + e- &-> Fe^2+ (aq)} &\quad E^\circ_\mathrm{red} &= \pu{+0.77 V}\\ \ce{S2O6^2- (aq) + ...
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Do the salt bridge ions have to match the ions in the half-cells solutions?

Does the salt bridge in a galvanic cell have to have the same ions as the ones in the solutions? E.g. does it need to have nitrate ions if the half-cells contain copper nitrate and zinc nitrate, or ...
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Can a part of a compound be a reducing agent?

I have the equation: $$\ce{2 Cu2O + Cu2S -> 6 Cu + SO2}$$ My doubt is that since copper is reduced (it goes from $+1$ to a $0$ O.S.), then which of the two reactants is reduced? Or why would it ...
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Is the reaction involving a proton transfer a redox reaction?

$$ \begin{align} \ce{H2S (aq) + NH3 (aq) &→ NH4+ (aq) + HS- (aq)}\tag{1}\\ \ce{Pb(s) + 2 FeCl3 (aq) &→ 2FeCl2 (aq) + PbCl2 (aq)}\tag{2} \end{align} $$ Which of the following statements ...
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Identifying if reaction is reduction or oxidation. Is there an error in this question?

I am looking at this reaction: I am trying to determine if it is reduction or oxidation. In the initial molecule I calculate the overall oxidation numbers as: ...
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OF2 vs O2F2 oxidising strength

My teacher said that OF2 is the third most powerful oxidising agent after F2 and atomic O, but I think O2F2 should be even more oxidising, since it less stable than OF2. I just read on quora that O2F2 ...
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Waste water treatment [closed]

This is a very simple question: Why are oxidized compounds generally thought to be less toxic/polluting than reduced species? This is used in waste water treatment where oxidizing agents (such as ...
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Why is water instead of hydroxide ions used to balance oxygen atoms in redox half equations?

When balancing half equations of redox reactions, $\ce{H2O}$ is used to balance any oxygen atoms? For example, this half equation $$\ce{NO3- → NH4+}$$ is balanced into: $$\ce{NO3- + 8 e- + 10 H+ → ...
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Compound having highest standard reduction potential

Which compound has highest SRP (standard reduction potential) value, e.g. the strongest oxidising agent? In most tables $\ce{F2}$ is at top with $E^\circ = \pu{2.87 V}$, but I've found a table listing ...
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Copper Mirror Reaction

I would like to create a copper mirror on a plate of sandblasted glass. I know that a reaction exists: $$\ce{CuSO4 + N2H2 -> Cu + N2 + H2SO4}$$ I know that such a plate of copper is very weak. ...
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Can an iodine clock reaction work without using a strong acid?

I'm going to do an iodine clock reaction for a project and we had to submit the materials and safety sheets for the experiment a while ago. I thought I could do one by using hydrogen peroxide, sodium ...
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What does [O] denote in organic redox reactions? [duplicate]

I've seen a few examples in the lectures we've been having and I wasn't able to find any sources talking about it. I think I remember a previous teacher saying it was a symbol for oxidation itself, ...
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Acidic, Basic, and Neutral Medium

So I'm new to this concept and I can't find any proper explanation to this. What does it mean for a reaction to occur in an acidic, basic, or neutral medium?
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What exactly is a reducing equivalent and what does it do?

I've encountered this term in the context of cellular metabolism, but I can't seem to find an explanation of what a reducing equivalent is or why it is named this way. Wikipedia was not really helpful,...
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What are good examples of questions that make college students think about chemistry concepts? [closed]

I am teaching the second semester of general chemistry at the college level. The course tends to get bogged down in calculations, and sometimes we forget about the big picture and what is going on at ...
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Standard electrode potential

What is meant by the following: Electrode potential for $\ce{M^3+/M}$ Is it standard oxidation potential (SOP) or reduction potential (SRP)? What does a high positive or negative value for SRP and ...
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Oxidation of sodium thiosulfate by iodine

When $\ce{Na2S2O3}$ reacts with $\ce{I2}$, it undergoes a redox reaction as $$\ce{2 Na2S2O3 + I2 -> Na2S4O6 + 2 NaI}$$ Sulfur is being oxidized from a $+2$ state to a $+2.5$ state. Why isn't it ...
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Mechanisms of Birch and Bouveault-Blanc Reductions

The question is all about the sequence of a possible Birch- and Bouvault-Blanc-Reduction in this exemplary substrate. With which reduction the mechanism begin? My first attempt was to classify the ...
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Working principle of simple chemical cells

I have just learnt about simple chemical cells but I have no idea how to determine which cells will work and which will not and the working principle of those cells. I know that a chemical cell with $...
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What are the products formed when nitrogen dioxide reacts with water?

I've seen two different equations for the reaction of nitrogen dioxide with water: $$\ce{2NO2 + H2O -> H+ + NO3- + HNO2}$$ and $$\ce{3NO2 + H2O -> 2H+ + 2NO3- + NO}$$ Are both of these ...
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How to balance this redox reaction taking place in a basic medium?

How to balance this reaction which is taking place in a basic medium? $$\ce{Al + MnO4- -> MnO2 + Al(OH)4-}$$ My Attempt Reduction half reaction: $$ \begin{align} \ce{4 H+ + MnO4- + 3 e- &-&...
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Half-Reactions of Hydroxide [closed]

The following is the equation I have: $$\ce{Ca(s) + 2H2O(l) -> Ca(OH)2 v + H2 ^}$$ I am tasked to write the half-reaction equations for both the oxidation and/or reduction process. So, currently ...
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Abnormal reaction of grignard reagent

My book states that: When isopropyl magnesium bromide is added to diisopropyl ketone, the expected tertiary alcohol is not obtained; instead the secondary alcohol; diisopropyl carbinol is obtained ...
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Do redox reactions always contain pure elements?

According to a video by the Organic Chemistry Tutor, a quite well-known chemistry channel on YouTube, you can easily identify a redox reaction by seeing if there are atoms in their elemental states on ...
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Does berylium gain or lose electrons?

Does beryllium want to gain or lose electrons? I know it has 4 protons, 2 valence electrons, and it will gain or lose 2 electrons, but what is it?
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Half-reaction for ammonium nitrate comproportionation into dinitrogen monoxide.

Ammonium nitrate comproportionates into dinitrogen monoxide in the following reaction: $\ce{NH4+ (aq) + NO3- (aq) -> N2O(g) + 2H2O (l)}$ I attempted to write the half-reactions by calculating ...
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Balancing the Redox reaction by Half reactions

I'm having trouble balancing this reaction using half reactions: $$\ce{I2 + KOH -> KI + KIO3 + H2O}$$ I so far know that Iodine is reduced when it forms KI(oxidation no decreases from 0 to -1) and ...
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Why does standard reduction potential get multiplied by the change in oxidation state and not by the number of electrons transferred?

The whole basis of Frost diagrams is to have a graphical representation of the Gibbs free energy of formation ($\Delta{G}_{f}$) of different oxidation states of an element using the proportional ...
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Calculating the standard reduction potential for the oxidation of water

I was working with Latimer and Frost diagrams for oxygen when I came across what seems to me a contradiction. From the Latimer diagram for oxygen below, we know the standard reduction potential for ...
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Manganese (II) oxidation by air

I am studying the reaction of dissolved dioxygen with manganese(II) hydroxide for the Winkler method: 2Mn(OH)2(s)+O2(aq)⟶2MnO2(s)+2H2O(l) The ...
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Oxidation states for covalent compounds [duplicate]

Yesterday, I came across $\ce{SO2}$ and was supposed to write the reduction and oxidation half reactions. However, I do not understand the reason why S is assigned the oxidation number of 4+. Oxygen ...
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Reactions of Elements [closed]

Why doesn’t chlorine react as a single atom (Cl) but rather as a diatomic molecule (Cl2)? In other words why can’t chlorine react as a single atom? For example, we write the reaction between sodium ...
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Using a significantly large metallic sphere, could we draw out the electrons from the negative terminal of a battery?

I've pored over many articles on electrochemical cells, and I understand that on the oxidation side of a zinc-copper Daniell cell, the anode is highly negatively charged because zinc participates in ...
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Balancing the equation for the preparation of dichromate from chromite ore

$\ce{FeCr_2O4 + Na2CO3 + O2 -> Na2CrO4 + Fe2O3 + CO2}$ I have tried balancing it by writing the reduction and oxidation half equations viz. : $\ce{2Fe^{+II}Cr_2^{+III}O4 -> 4Na2Cr^{+VI}O4 + ...
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Balancing Redox Reactions (oxidation number method)

I'm confused about balancing redox reactions using the oxidation number method. I know that in order to get my coefficients for the two reactants I need to find the simplest whole number. However, ...
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Troubleshooting electrochemical batteries

For my science classes, I have built multiple types of electrochemical batteries utilizing oxidation-reduction reactions, and I have demonstrated that they each produce potential difference across the ...
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What should be the reaction between lead oxide and dilute sulfuric acid?

I know for a fact that dilute $\ce{H2SO4}$ is a non-oxidizing acid which makes it a reducing agent. I also know for a fact that $\ce{PbO2}$ is a strong oxidizing agent. So, I thought Redox reaction ...
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Why heating up things before H2C2O4 &KMnO4 titration? [closed]

In my school, there is a redox titration between H2C2O4 being titrand and KMnO4 being titrant. After adding H2SO4 to the acid to give an acidic medium for redox, the whole mixture inside the conical ...
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What substance consumes oxygen from atmospheric air [closed]

I'd like to find an economical substance that will consume oxygen from a container. Steel wool comes to mind but I don't have an intuition how feasible it would be. The chamber is 5 gallons in size ...
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What is the electrode potential at the equivalence point if concentrations of titrant and titrand are going to be zero?

Let's assume that the titrand is $\ce{Fe^2+}$ and the titrant is $\ce{Cr2O7^2-}$. Then $$E = E^\circ_\ce{Fe^{2+}/Fe^{3+}} - \frac{RT}{nF}\ln\frac{\ce{[Fe^{2+}]}}{\ce{[Fe^{3+}]}}$$ $$E = E^\circ_\ce{...
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Can all oxidizing agents be used interchangeably in organic chemistry reactions? [closed]

Butanol can be oxidized with pyridinium chlorochromate (PCC) yielding butanal. If the case is that butanol can be oxidized with PCC, can it be oxidized with CrO3, H2SO4, HNO3, OsO4, and other ...
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Does hydrogen peroxide in basic medium only give oxygen gas on oxidation?

Does hydrogen peroxide on oxidation gives oxygen gas only in basic medium? I thought that was true but I read about these reaction of $\ce{H2O2}$ in acidic medium: $$\ce{2MnO4- + 6H+ + 5H2O2 -> ...
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Why can't sulphate ion be discharged in the anode of electrolysis?

Given that there is an aqueous solution of sulfuric acid ($\ce{H2SO4}$), $\ce{2H+}$ is reduced in the cathode and $\ce{OH-}$ is reduced in the anode. Why is $\ce{OH-}$ preferentially discharged over $\...
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What drives the redox reactions in a standard hydrogen electrode?

In this video, the SHE half cell has two redox reactions occurring i.e. $$\ce{2H+ (g) + 2e- <=> H2 (g)}\\ \ce{H2 (g) <=> 2H+ (g) + 2e-}$$ But how can a single half cell initiate the two ...
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What is the strongest oxidising agent? [closed]

I searched for the strongest oxidising agent and I found different results: $\ce{ClF3}$, $\ce{HArF}$, $\ce{F2}$ were among them. Many said $\ce{ClF3}$ is the most powerful as it oxidises everything, ...
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The reaction of iron with sulfur to produce Iron(II) sulfide is inconvenient (for me)

I am taking a lot of iron properties this semester, but I have found some contradicting piece of information about the reaction of iron with nonmetals illustrated with two cases \begin{align}\ce{ **...