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Homework Help: Is this a Redox Reaction?

  1. Apr 17, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Determine the oxidizing agent, reducing agent, element oxidized, element reduced, # of electrons lost per atom, and # of electrons gained per atom. State if the reaction is not redox.

    3FeCl2(aq) ------> 2FeCl3(aq) + Fe(s)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    3FeCl2(aq) ------> 2FeCl3(aq) + Fe(s)
    +2 -1 +3 -1 0

    Those are the oxidation numbers i got. Is this not a redox reaction because only the oxidation number of Fe changes?
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  3. Apr 17, 2015 #2

    Quantum Defect

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    This is a Redox reaction where ferrous chloride is both the oxidizing agent and the reducing agent. This kind of reaction is called a disproportionation reaction.
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