14.3 (d) and 14.5 (b) oxidizing and reducing agents

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14.3 (d) and 14.5 (b) oxidizing and reducing agents

Postby 904565142 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:51 pm

I understand how the reactants are both oxidized and reduced in the reaction, thus being both the reducing and oxidizing agent at the same time, but I'm a bit confused on what the reactant is reducing/oxidizing.

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Re: 14.3 (d) and 14.5 (b) oxidizing and reducing agents

Postby Ronald Yang 2F » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:20 pm

I'm guessing you are talking about one compound being both reduced and oxidized into two products. In a sense, it is also the reducing agent and oxidizing agent. For example, consider the reaction 2H2O -> 2H2 + O2. Water is reduced to hydrogen, while water is oxidized to oxygen. If it's easier to view it this way, the reduced water is causing another water to be oxidized.


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