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Dear Sir/ Madam, In question 113 of 1994, the reason for the decolourization of acidic KMnO 4 is taken as SO 2 ’s acidity. Isn’t this incorrect? Shouldn’t the reason be the reducing power of SO 2 , because for instance, CO 2 is acidic, but that doesn’t mean that it can decolourize KMnO 4 right? Please help. Thank you.

Dear Sir/ Madam,
In question 113 of 1994, the reason for the decolourization of acidic KMnO4 is taken as SO2’s acidity. Isn’t this incorrect? Shouldn’t the reason be the reducing power of SO2, because for instance, COis acidic, but that doesn’t mean that it can decolourize KMnOright?
Please help. Thank you.

Grade:12th pass

1 Answers

SAMANAWAY DAS
24 Points
3 years ago
in this question the acidity of so2 and so2 does not matter .What matter is the reducing prropoerties of both the gases.As co2 is a oxidating agent and it is totally oxidised(here the oxidation number of carbon is 4 which is the highest ox no of C )it will reduce the kmno4 solution.so it does not decolourises the soln.But as so2 is not totally oxidised(its highest oxidation no is 6 and here its oxidation no is 4)it will react with kmno4 and will reduce it.

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