Problem: Cutaway view of a miniature alkaline battery.What substance is oxidized as the battery discharges?

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We are being asked to determine the species that was oxidized in the battery given. The given is:

A cross-section of a circular battery shows that the top layer is the cathode (MnO2 plus graphite) and the bottom layer is the anode (Zn plus KOH). The separator divides the layers.

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A cross-section of a circular battery shows that the top layer is the cathode (MnO2 plus graphite) and the bottom layer is the anode (Zn plus KOH). The separator divides the layers.
Cutaway view of a miniature alkaline battery.

What substance is oxidized as the battery discharges?

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