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Subject: why does Cr2O7 only goes to a Cr+3 in a slightly acidic solution?

Date: Mon Oct 26 18:51:09 1998
Posted by Ben
Grade level: 10-12
School: Morristown High School
City: Morristown State/Province: NJ
Country: USA
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 909449469.Ch

I learned in chem ap today that Cr at a +6 in Cr2O7 goes to just a Cr 
+3 after reacting in a slightly acidic solution. (ex: the equation, 
HSO3(-) + Cr2O7(-2)  --->  SO4(-2) + Cr(+3)   ).  Why are there no 
oxygens attached to the Cr?  CrO2(-) is also a Cr+3, but it's no good. 
 There's a lot of Cr+3 oxide compounds, but why only this?  Also, I 
want to verify, there's an H attached to the SO3 when it's in a 
slightly acidic solution because there's an excess amount of H+ (the 
definition of an acidic solution) and so it attaches itself to the 
SO3.  I have another question (now that I think of it), why wouldn't 
the HSO3(-) go to a more stable H2SO3?  and why aren't there any H's 
attached to the SO4 in the reaction?  Thanks.


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