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What is the balanced equation of the decomposition reaction of hydrogen peroxide?

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The balanced equation of the decomposition reaction of hydrogen peroxide is that 2H2O2 decomposes into the products 2H2O + O2(g). The resulting products are water and oxygen gas. However, the decomposition takes place very slowly.

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This is an experiment most students in chemistry lab are familiar with. However, to make the reaction perceptible at a faster rate, a catalyst like active yeast is added to promote a foaming action. Similarly, dish soap also is added so that the oxygen gas produced is more noticeable.

Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent utilized as an anti-infective for minor wounds. This substance is a colorless and odorless liquid. It has a molecular weight of 34.01 grams per mole.

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