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Reactant vs. Reagent

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:15 pm
by Yazmin Bocanegra 3L
Why do my notes have "reactant" and "reagent?" Is there a difference between the two?

Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:25 pm
by rabiasumar2E
They are used interchangeably but to my understanding, typically a reactant is what you refer to in a balanced chemical equation and a reagent is a term used in the lab. I think we use reagent more because we deal with chemistry connected to biology and learn more through biological examples. Using either should be appropriate in my opinion.

Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:28 pm
by Veronica Lu 2H
There is no difference; reactant and reagent are the same thing.

Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:45 pm
by Haley Pham 4I
Chemicals in a lab are called reagents. When a reagent is used in a particular reaction, it is called a reactant.

Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:48 pm
by SarahCoufal_1k
For the sake of our class, I think it's reagents/reactants on the left side and products on the right side.