I know this is supposed to be a really easy concept, but I need help with balancing redox reactions:

KClO3 ==> KCl + O2

My textbook says to write the ionic equation next, which I have written like:

K(+1) + ClO3(-1) ==> K(+1) + Cl(-1) + O2(-2)

(the number in parentheses indicates the charge)

Is this correct so far? Where do I go from here? Thanks so much!!! :)

  1. 👍 0
  2. 👎 0
  3. 👁 109
asked by Emily
  1. I am assuming you are learning to balance redox equations by using simple ones that can be balanced by inspection.
    2KClO3 ==> 2KCl + 3O2.

    Frankly, I think this one is a poor one to start with.

    If you want to balance by redox methods, the next step is to
    a. determine the oxidation state of each element.
    b. compare the oxidation state on the left side and right side and determine the number of electrons lost or gained (Many mistakes are made with this step because you must compare the same number of atoms and not a different number.).
    c. Make the electron loss = electron gain by multiplying the oxidn half with the redn half
    d. finally, balance the spectator ions.
    I'll help get you started. Cl is +5 on the left and -1 on the right. Oxygen is -2 on the left and zero on the right.

    1. 👍 0
    2. 👎 0

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. Calculus

    An important problem in mathematics is that of root finding: that is, given a function f (x), finding any roots of f in an interval. Exact methods exist for many functions: • In the case of a linear function f (x) = ax + b, this

    asked by Kim on May 3, 2012
  2. math

    I'm really struggling with the concept of direct variation and indirect variation. Is there an easy way to explain it and understand it?

    asked by Carly on October 21, 2016
  3. Math

    Select any concept from this week.(Linear equations,exponents, Logarithmic problems Write a 350- to 700-word response in which you examine the importance and applicability of this concept. Describe why this concept is important

    asked by Tiara on March 29, 2012
  4. health

    i am supposed to write three major stress in my life and how i contribute to these stressors... iknow it kinda easy but i don't know what my stresses are? i can't even figure out if i am ever stressed? Please help

    asked by Jessica on October 21, 2008
  5. US history

    In dealing with affirmative action, the Supreme Court has: A. been clear in rejecting the concept. B. been clear in its affirmation of the concept. C. very rarely given detailed interpretations of it. D. has a mixed record of

    asked by anthony on November 23, 2010
  6. English

    Could you check this? Complete the questions. I wrote my answers with capital 1. Researchers are SUPPOSED TO BE VERY careful when working in the lab. 2. They ARE SUPPOSED TO CHECK and recheck dangerous experiments. 3. They are

    asked by Eliz on September 4, 2017
  7. Math

    Hello. Well, I was wondering how you are supposed to memorize 1 times 1 (easy) through 12 times 12 (hard)! How do you do it?? Repetition is one way.

    asked by Larry on February 18, 2007
  8. social studies

    1. All of the following embraced the “national view” of federalism except a. John Marshall. b. Roger B. Taney. c. Franklin D. Roosevelt. d. Lyndon B. Johnson. e. Alexander Hamilton. I can't find the answer for this, they all

    asked by kenji on October 5, 2010
  9. Algebra 1 Concept Explaination

    Can anyone thoroughly explain how to graph systems of linear inequalities? I am struggling to grasp this concept, and I was already supposed to complete the schoolwork assigned to me regarding this topic. Thank you, in advance, to

    asked by Anonymous on January 14, 2014
  10. Science [repost]

    What is the difference between an ionic bond and a covalent bond? I just keep forgetting which one is which...any easy way to remember these? PS> I know that you're not supposed to repost until 24 hours but I really need this

    asked by mysterychicken on February 5, 2009

More Similar Questions