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What coefficient of H+ balances the atoms in the following half-reaction?
H^+ + MnO2 Mn^2+ + H2O
A.1
B.2
C.3
D.4
I think this is B...?

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    The arrow is between MnO2-->Mn^2+

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    each H gains zero electrons (from +1 to +1)

    each O gains one electron(-1 to -2_

    each Mn loses two electrons(+4 to +2)

    so, if Mn loses two, and each O gains 1, it takes two O to absorb those electrons, so the coefficent of the H2O is 2, and the coefficent then of H+ is not B, but twice that.

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    Ya know - I originally thought D but someone else told me I was wrong...

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