February 23, 2017

Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by Amy on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 12:15am.

For the following electrochemical cell:
Fe(s) / Fe2+(aq) // MnO4–(aq) Mn2+(aq) / Pt(s)
Which letter corresponds to the correct balanced chemical equation in an acidic solution?

A. 5Fe(s) + 16H+(aq) + 2MnO4–(aq)--> 2Mn2+(aq) + 8H2O(l) + 5Fe2+(aq)
B. Fe(s)+8H+(aq)+MnO4–(aq)+Pt2+(aq)---> Mn2+(aq)+4H2O(l)+Fe2+(aq)+Pt(s)
C. Fe(s) + 8H+(aq) + MnO4–(aq)--->Mn2+(aq) + 4H2O(l) + Fe2+(aq)
D. 2Mn2+(aq) + 8H2O(l) + 5Fe2+(aq)--> 5Fe(s) + 16H+(aq) + 2MnO4–(aq)
E. Mn2+(aq)+4H2O(l)+Fe2+(aq)+Pt(s)----> Fe(s)+8H+(aq)+MnO4–(aq)+Pt2+(aq)

What reaction is occurring at the cathode?

A. 5e– + 8H+(aq)+MnO4–(aq)---> Mn2+(aq) +4H2O(l)
B. Fe(s)---> Fe2+(aq) + 2e–
C. Mn2+(aq) + 4H2O(l)----> 5e– + 8H+(aq) + MnO4–(aq)
D. Fe2+(aq) + 2e– --->Fe(s)
E. Pt(s)---> Pt2+ + 2e


I read what you said a while ago but i still don't know how to go about the first part. For some reason when i add the reactions I get A

Is the second part B?

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