Redox titrations are used to determine the amounts of oxidizing and reducing agents in solution. For example, a solution of hydrogen peroxide, H2O2 , can be titrated against a solution of potassium permanganate, KMnO4. The following equation represents the reaction:
2 KMnO4(aq) + H2O2 (aq) + 3 H2SO4(aq) → 3 O2(g) + 2 MnSO4(aq) + K2SO4(aq) + 4 H2O(l)
A certain amount of hydrogen peroxide was dissolved in 100. mL of water and then titrated with 1.68 M KMnO4. What mass of H2O2 was dissolved if the titration required 17.8 mL of the KMnO4 solution?
Express your answer with the appropriate units.
A titration is a procedure for determining the concentration of a solution by allowing it to react with another solution of known concentration (called a standard solution). Acid-base reactions and oxidation-reduction reactions are used in titrations. For example, to find the concentration of an HCl solution (an acid), a standard solution of NaOH (a base) is added to a measured volume of HCl from a calibrated tube called a buret. An indicator is also present and it will change color when all the acid has reacted. Using the concentration of the standard solution and the volume dispensed, we can calculate molarity of the HCl solution.
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