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Redox Reactions

  1. Apr 6, 2014 #1

    Qube

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

    Which of the following does not spontaneously reduce 1 M hydronium ion?

    2. Relevant equations

    Spontaneous reduction: + E-zero value.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The answer is 1 M NaOH. However, sodium is a very strong reducer. Why doesn't this reaction go spontaneously?
     
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  3. Apr 7, 2014 #2

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    And what are "the following", which you have not listed?

    While sodium is a strong reducer, kitchen salt doesn't reduce my meals. Calcium is a strong reducer too, but despite being present in my bones, it doesn't reduce me to... something reduced. Can you think why?
     
  4. Apr 7, 2014 #3

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    I really have no clue. I've been looking at redox for the past twelve hours. An explanation would b highly appreciated!
     
  5. Apr 7, 2014 #4

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    But you do know the difference between metallic sodium (Na) and oxidized sodium (Na+) in a compound?
     
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  6. Apr 7, 2014 #5

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    Oh ... Ones not a good reducer
     
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