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  1. #1 How does Fe3+ become Fe2+ in this reaction? 
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    4 Fe3+(aq) + 2 NH2OH(aq) -----> 4 Fe2+(aq) + N2O(g) + H2O(l) + 4 H+(aq)


    I dont' understand how Fe3+ became Fe2+


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    There must a typo (the equation is not balanced so canít be correct). The valency of Fe should be the same on both sides of the equation.


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    Yes, itís balanced, youíre right. I was counting charges and somehow missed the + at the end.
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    Electrons in the d orbital are energetically easy to move. This kind of reduction could occur enzymatically in the body, for instance.
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    4 fe3+ converts into 4 fe2+ resulting in 4H+ ions and it should be 2h2o(may be the equation is wrong)
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