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Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by John on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 4:22pm.

Why doesn't potassium ion K+ from KMnO4 appear in the following two unbalanced equations: MnO4– + C2O42– Mn2+ + CO2
MnO4– + Fe2+ Mn2+ + Fe3+ ?

A. KMnO4 is not added to either reaction.
B. K+ is a spectator ion and redox reactions are written as net ionic reactions.
C. The presence of K+ would result in a net positive charge in the products.
D. The equations cannot be balanced if the potassium ion K+ is present.
E. None of these.

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