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Account for the following:

Iron on reaction with HCl forms FeCl2 and not FeCl3.


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  • Iron reacts with HCl to form FeCl2 and H2.
  • Iron+HydrochloricacidIronchloride+Hydrogen
  • i.e., Fe(s)+2HCl(aq)FeCl2(aq)+H2(g)
  • The hydrogen gas which is produced in the reaction prevents the oxidation of FeCl2 to FeCl3.

Thus, Iron on reaction with HCl forms FeCl2 and not FeCl3.


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