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What is the difference between valence factor and n-factor?

  1. May 16, 2017 #1
    What is the difference between valence factor and n-factor for oxidants and reductants? Take ##H_2O_2## as an example. What is the difference between the n-factor and valence factor for this compound?

    Also, how do I find the n-factor for any oxidant or reductant?
     
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  3. May 17, 2017 #2
    I am a chemist, and I have never heard of the terms "valence factor" and "n-factor". As you have, where did you hear of them? In class/textbook? What definitions of them were you given?
     
  4. May 17, 2017 #3
  5. May 17, 2017 #4
    You could have simply said that in this place, I'll not get any answer. I posted this because there was a problem that I was having in understanding the concepts, and no site was able to tell me appropriately the difference between n-factor and valence factor.

    If I can't get an answer, it's alright. My teacher is in out station and I was not wanting to disturb him regarding petty issues like these.

    If you don't want to answer, then simply write that.
     
  6. May 17, 2017 #5
    And I can't think of the fact that a chemist doesn't know these simple terms.
     
  7. May 17, 2017 #6

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    I haven't heard about them too. Some googling suggests these are rather obscure terms which are poorly defined proxies for a real chemistry behind acid/base related processes. No wonder you have problems grasping what they really mean.
     
  8. May 17, 2017 #7
    Yes, they are somehow related to redox reactions and are used to find the equivalent weight.
     
  9. May 23, 2017 at 2:37 AM #8

    Borek

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    TBH I see no value in using them in calculations. Just follow the stoichiometry and you will get any result you need. Single universal method is typically much better than half-baked proxies.
     
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