Oxidation Agents

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Ethan Vuong 3G
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Oxidation Agents

Postby Ethan Vuong 3G » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:46 am

So are oxidation agents different from what is being oxidized? I'm confused as to what the terminology is referring to.

Amanda Mac 1C
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Re: Oxidation Agents

Postby Amanda Mac 1C » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:11 am

Oxidizing agents are being reduced and reducing agents are being oxidized because if the substance is being reduced, that must mean its gaining electrons from somewhere which means it's causing another substance to lose electrons. This is why the one being reduced is called an oxidizing agent. Just remember the agents are opposite of what's happening to them.

Guangyu Li 2J
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Re: Oxidation Agents

Postby Guangyu Li 2J » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:24 am

Reductions Agents are oxidized in the half-reactions who lose electrons.
Oxidizing Agents are reduced in the half-reactions who gain electrons.

Jessica_Singh_1J
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Re: Oxidation Agents

Postby Jessica_Singh_1J » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:54 am

Oxidizing agents cause other species to be oxidized by accepting their electrons, themselves being reduced in the reaction.
Reducing agents cause other species to be reduced by donating their electrons, themselves being oxidized in the reaction.

K Stefanescu 2I
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Re: Oxidation Agents

Postby K Stefanescu 2I » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:19 am

The agents and what is being done to them is reversed/opposite.

oxidizing agents are themselves reduced
reducing agents are themselves oxidized


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