How does chlorine gas react to give chloride and hypochlorite ions in BASIC solution?

1 Answer
May 6, 2017

Answer:

#"This is a disproportionation reaction........."#

Explanation:

#Cl_2# is reduced to chloride, #Cl^-#:

#1/2stackrel(0)Cl_2 + e^(-) rarr stackrel(-I)Cl^(-)# #(i)#

And oxidized to hypochlorite..........

#1/2stackrel(0)Cl_2 +2HO^(-) rarr stackrel(+I)ClO^(-)+H_2O +e^(-)# #(ii)#

And OVERALL........#(i) + (ii):#

#Cl_2 +2HO^(-) rarr Cl^(-) + ClO^(-) +H_2O#

Is charge balanced? Is mass balanced? These must be if the equation is to be accepted as a representation of chemical reality, of physical reality in fact.