Balancing equation for creation of Potassium benzoate

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Potassium benzoate C6H5CO2K can be prepared from benzyl alcohol, C6H5CH2OH, and potassium permanganate KMnO4 in aqueous KOH. The manganese is converted to MnO2

3. The attempt at a solution

So, my attempt to balance has left me scratching my head

C6H5CH2OH + KMnO4 [tex]\rightarrow[/tex] C6H5CO2K +MnO2

Question: Since it states aqueous KOH, where does that apply in balancing out this?

What would the equation be balanced?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Borek

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KOH means you need to use OH- and water when balancing hydrogen and oxygen.

Do you know how to balance by half reactions? Can you split the system into reduction and oxidation half reactions?

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