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Problem: Complete and balance the following equations, and identify the oxidizing and reducing agents.MnO4-(aq) + CH3OH(aq)  →  Mn2+(aq) + HCO2H(aq)  (acidic  solution)

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We have to balance the given redox reaction and identify the oxidizing and reducing agent.

MnO4-(aq) + CH3OH(aq) → Mn2+(aq) + HCO2H(aq)               (acidic solution)


A redox reaction can be balanced (in acidic solution) by these steps:

Step 1: Separate the whole reaction into two half-reactions.

Step 2: Balance the non-hydrogen and non-oxygen elements first.

Step 3: Balance oxygen by adding H2O to the side that needs oxygen. (1 O: 1 H2O)

Step 4: Balance hydrogen by adding H+ to the side that needs hydrogen. (1 H: 1 H+)

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Complete and balance the following equations, and identify the oxidizing and reducing agents.

MnO4-(aq) + CH3OH(aq)  →  Mn2+(aq) + HCO2H(aq)  (acidic  solution)

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