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    Balance the equation for the disproportionation of sulfur into sulfide and thiosulfate (symbol in attachment) in base. Determine if the reaction spontaneous.

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    In basic medium, the disproportionation of elemental sulfur into sulfide can be given as below:
    4S + 4H2O  SO42- + 3HS- + 5H+
    This reaction occurs in basic medium.
    whereas sulfide gives thiosulfate as shown below:
    SO42- + HS- + H+  S2O32- + H2O
    This reaction is more favorable in the acidic ...

    Solution Summary

    Solutions are provided for two challenging inorganic chemistry problems involving disproportionation reaction of thiosulfate and Latimer diagram for O2/H2O system in detailed steps.