8.9 Consider the reactions:

(a) 6 CO2(g) + 6H2O(l) C6 H12 O6(aq) + 6O2(g)

(b) O3(g) + H2O2(l) H2O(l) + 2O2(g)

Why it is more appropriate to write these reactions as :

(a) 6CO2(g) + 12H2O(l) C6 H12 O6(aq) + 6H2O(l) + 6O2(g)

(b) O3(g) + H2O2 (l) H2O(l) + O2(g) + O2(g)

Also suggest a technique to investigate the path of the above (a) and (b) redox reactions.

It is more appropriate to write the reaction as given above because water molecules are
also produced in the process of photosynthesis. The path of this reaction can be investigated by using radioactive ${\mathrm{H}}_{2}{\mathrm{O}}^{18}$ in place of ${\mathrm{H}}_{2}\mathrm{O}$.

(b) ${\mathrm{O}}_{2}$ is produced from each of the two reactants . For this reason, ${\mathrm{O}}_{2}$ is written twice.
The given reaction involves two steps. First, ${\mathrm{O}}_{3}$ decomposes to form ${\mathrm{O}}_{2}$ and O. In the second step, ${\mathrm{H}}_{2}{\mathrm{O}}_{2}$ reacts with the O produced in the first step, thereby producing ${\mathrm{H}}_{2}\mathrm{O}$ and ${\mathrm{O}}_{2}$.