# Chemistry - half equations

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"Acidified FeO42- (aq) ions oxidise aqueous iodide ions ions, I-, to form aqueous Iodine, I2.

Construct the half-equation for the oxidation of iodide ions to form iodine"
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11 years ago
#2
(Original post by boromir9111)
"Acidified FeO42- (aq) ions oxidise aqueous iodide ions ions, I-, to form aqueous Iodine, I2.

Construct the half-equation for the oxidation of iodide ions to form iodine"
2I- -> I2 + 2e- ?
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So we want I2 as the product basically right? so we have I- ----> I2 but we need two I's so it would be 2I- ----> I2 + 2e- can we put the 2e- there?
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11 years ago
#4
2I- > I2 + 2e-
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(Original post by JacobM)
2I- -> I2 + 2e- ?
That's what i'm worried about can we put the 2e- there? because I2 is neutral and not charged. So that means 2- on the left and 2- on the right side cancel each other out?
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11 years ago
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(Original post by boromir9111)
"Acidified FeO42- (aq) ions oxidise aqueous iodide ions ions, I-, to form aqueous Iodine, I2.

Construct the half-equation for the oxidation of iodide ions to form iodine"
I- -->I2
So it went from -1 to 0
Hence it lost an electron.

I- --> I2 + e-

Balance the equation to get:

2I- -->I2 +2e-
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#7
Yeah, i need to go over half-equations..... thankfully there is chem guide and TSR. Thank you for your help!!!!
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3 years ago
#8
how come you have to balance the e? isn't this just 2I --> I2 e- because 2I is oxidation state of -1 and the I is 0, so isn't that only missing 1 electron to get to -1?
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3 years ago
#9
(Original post by lynnlynn123)
how come you have to balance the e? isn't this just 2I --> I2 e- because 2I is oxidation state of -1 and the I is 0, so isn't that only missing 1 electron to get to -1?
You do need to balance everything, including the electrons.
There is one e- lost for each iodide ion, but 2 of them. The equation must have the same total charge on left hand side and right hand side.
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