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Redox equations

  1. Jan 12, 2004 #1
    Addison-Wesley
    CHEMISTRY

    Balancing Redox equations (pg. 607-8)

    Step 4: Make the total increase in oxidation number equal to the total decrease in oxidation number by using appropriate coefficients.
    Practice problem 10b.

    KClO (s)==>KCl(aq) + O2(g)

    When I did step 4 of this equation, I was unable to understand why and how the fraction 3/2 is put in front of the oxygen gas in the product side. And also why oxygen is chosen from all the other compounds to place the coefficient infront. I would like this point clarified because its been hindering me of comprehending and solving similar equations.
     
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