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    The reaction goes from h2o2--> h2o
    Why is it that specifically for this question we are looking at the change in oxidation state for oxygen and not hydrogen?


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    The reaction goes from h2o2--> h2o
    Why is it that specifically for this question we are looking at the change in oxidation state for oxygen and not hydrogen?


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    It's called disproportionation. A reaction in which a substance is simultaneously oxidized and reduced, giving two different products.
    In the reaction \mathrm{ 2 H_2O_2 \Rightarrow 2 H_2O + O_2} there is no change in oxidation state for the hydrogen. I hope this helps .
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    (Original post by Kvothe the arcane)
    It's called disproportionation. A reaction in which a substance is simultaneously oxidized and reduced, giving two different products.
    In the reaction \mathrm{ 2 H_2O_2 \Rightarrow 2 H_2O + O_2} there is no change in oxidation state for the hydrogen. I hope this helps .
    Thanks !


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