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Balance the following equation for a half reaction that occurs in basic solution. Use e– as the symbol for an electron.

SO3^2- ---> S2O4^2-

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    I shall be glad to help you through this but you need to learn to do these yourself. I do these the looong way. The first step is to determine the oxidation step of each element. I will help you here. S on the left is +4 and on the right is +6. Add electrons to the appropriate side to balance the change in oxidation number.
    SO3^2- ==> SO4^2- + ?e

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    Is it:
    H2O + SO3^2- ---> SO4^2- +2H^+ + 3e^-

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    Nevermind I figured it out its:
    2SO3^2- + 2H2O + 2e^- ---> S2O4^2- + 4OH^-

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    NOPE.
    You changed SO4^2- on the right to S2O4^2- and you can't do that. Also you have the e on the wrong side. Other than that it is ok.
    2OH^- + SO3^2- ==> SO4^2- + 2e + H2O

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    DrBob222 you're wrong.

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    2 SO3^-2 + 2 H2O + 2e- -> S2O4^-2 + 4OH-

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