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    A. Sodium bisulfite solution is added to an experiment at the end in order to destroy the unreacted bromine. What reaction is occurring here? Is HSO3- acting as an oxidizing or reducing agent? Write a balanced equation.
    b. Write equations to show how nitronium ions might be formed using a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids.

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    a) Sodium bisulfite converts bromine (Br2) to bromide (Br-). Hence HSO3- is acting as a reducing agent.

    That is, when sodium bisulphite solution reacts with bromine, it forms sodium bisulphate and ...

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