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OF2 + H2O -> O2 + 2HF What's being oxidized and what's being reduced?

  1. Dec 13, 2011 #1
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    Hi all,

    I'm going back through some previous exam papers, and one of the questions is:

    Use oxidation numbers to identify which substances are oxidized and which are reduced:
    OF2 + H2O -> O2 + 2HF

    I know the oxygen in OF2 is a special case, so to me it looks like OF2 is being oxidized, but it I don't know what's happening the H2O...

    Can anyone shed any light on this please?

    Thanks a lot!
     
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  3. Dec 13, 2011 #2

    Borek

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    Start assigning oxidation numbers.
     
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