We are being asked to balance the given oxidation-reduction reaction. The reaction is under acidic conditions. When balancing redox reactions under acidic conditions, we will follow the following 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+)
Complete and balance the following equations, and identify the oxidizing and reducing agents.
MnO4−(aq) + CH3OH(aq) → Mn2+(aq) + HCO2H(aq) (acidic solution)
Express your answer as a chemical equation. Identify all of the phases in your answer.
oxidizing agent, reducing agent
Express your answers as chemical expressions separated by a comma.
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