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Post by BasilMeer on Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:07 am

Okay I am seriously confused. It's not that much of a big thing but, my teacher says that the chemical equation of water is H2+O2 and my science book says that the formula is H2+O. Dude, which is the right formula?
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by omegas7 on Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:42 am

H2O2 is hydrogen peroxide isn't it? I'm sure your book is right, but heck, you never know you skipped something critical while doodling during classes Very Happy

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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by IMP1 on Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:58 am

Water is H20.
If your teacher says otherwise, your teacher is wrong.

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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by BasilMeer on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:00 am

Lol I never doodle in class! I had asked her again about it and she started saying that it depends on the Catalyst on what product we get. I think her concept is not perfect on it.
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by Vectomon on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:29 am

Ugh, water is H2O. H2O2 would be another oxide but I'm not sure wich one. Maybe hidrogen dioxide?

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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by mitchi.exe on Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:58 am

Your teach is quite correct.
In mixing (adding) elements, when using gases like H, you should put it ALWAYS in the equation with the subscript 2.

For example, this is wrong:
H + O,
and this is right:
H2 + O2.

And then, if you're going to solve for the resulting chem. eqn, now drop the 2 from the H and O, and do the normal criss-crossing.

H, and O, using valence electron 1 and 2 respectively... (if you use 2 for H, then you get dihydrogen dioxide or simply hydrogen peroxide as you guys said)
So:

H(1->) O(<-2) = H20. Water.

Remember again,
H2 + O2 is not H2O2.
When using gases in equations, you should always put the subscript 2.

If your teacher says otherwise, consult or ask her questions! ...Or at least, let her explain first.
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by Elfsong on Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:03 pm

WOW mitchi ummm maybe you should be basils teacher on topic what mitchi said is correct thats how the thing works
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by moneymenace on Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:14 pm

H2O has always been water and always will be. But who knows, it could be both but I'm not sure.
I've just checked the internet. It says that it's possible for hydrogen peroxide to decompose into a combination of water and oxygen.

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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by The Creator on Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:58 pm

Yeah... I know that Dissuation or something can happen in water creating ions... maybe thats what your book meant!
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by BasilMeer on Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:14 am

Yeah probably. Today I got to know that my science teacher left who taught us that chapter lol And we got another one quick. Also thanks everyone, it's clear to me now Very Happy A mod can close this topic now.
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by Vectomon on Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:32 pm

Mitchi, you're now officially the forum's resident science guy.

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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by Elfsong on Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:20 pm

YEp you sure are right basil


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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by IMP1 on Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:04 am

It says on mitchi's profile that he's male...

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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by Elfsong on Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:11 pm

woops sorry about that imp um ya I always get consused
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by BasilMeer on Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:35 pm

Um guys, stop going off-topic.
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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by The Creator on Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:30 pm

Lolwow... its sad how fast these things go out of control... Poor basil, everyone continued to post after he said to stop! Razz


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Re: Scientific Confusion

Post by mitchi.exe on Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:32 am

Haha.
You guys turned Scientific Confusion into Gender Confusion! XD

TBH, and to end this: I'm a guy. Smile
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