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Write a balanced net ionic equation for the following reactions in acid soln

Hydrogen Peroxide reacts w/an aqueos soln of sodium hypochlorite to form oxygen and chlorine gas

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    Here are the two half equations.
    H2O2 ==>O2 + 2e + 2H^+
    4H^+ + 2e + 2OCl^- ==> Cl2 + H2O
    Add them and cancel anything common to each side.

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    where'd the sodium go

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    is sodium a spectator ion?

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    yes. I took the Na^+ out before I started.

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    i noticed that in other problems they do that too, why is that and what is the reason for ignoring it

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    Since it is a spectator ion it never enters into the reaction. That's what writing net ionic equations is all about; you include only those ions that are going about the reaction. Said another way, the H2O2 + OCl^- reaction is the same reaction with NaOCl, KOCl, LiOCl, etc. Of course those different ions would form different salts; e.g., Na would form NaCl, K would form KCl, Li would form LiCl, etc (if HCl were used as the acid) or Na2SO4, K2SO4 etc (if H2SO4 were used as the acid). H2O2 and OCl^- are what's reacting. I find it a little strange that you wondered where the Na^+ went but it didn't bother you that no anion was used for the H^+.

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    And is this the same case for if I am given a NIE and the problem says to complete the reaction by using Na(to make a compound)?

    we learned that the H^+ cations were added to balance out the charge on both sides of the equation(for acids) and OH^- for bases

    and also thanks a lot for explaining this to me

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    Yes, to complete a NIE, simply add cations of choice (or what someone give you) for the negative ions; the same with anions added to positive ions in the NIE.

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    thanks

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