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redox agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:07 am
by Jack Papciak 2F
What's the difference between something that is being oxidized and an oxidizing agent? How can you tell which is which?

Re: redox agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:16 am
by Yixin Angela Wang 2H
They are opposites of each other! The oxidizing agent is the one DOING the oxidizing, which means that it is oxidizing the other agent, so the oxidizing agent itself is reduced.

Re: redox agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:55 am
by Erik Khong 2E
I just remember the difference by noting that the agent is the opposite of what's happening to them

e.g. The reducing agent is getting oxidized.

Re: redox agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:05 am
by Morgan Baxter 1E
If something is being oxidized it is losing e-. It if is the oxidizing agent, it is causing something else to be oxidized. The only way to cause something to lose electrons (be oxidized) it to accept them (and thereby being reduced). So, being an oxidizing agent is the same as being reduced.

Re: redox agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:10 am
by Alex Nechaev 1I
Just remember opposites. The oxidizing agent is being reduced, and the reducing agent is being oxidized.

Re: redox agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:19 pm
by Adrian Lim 1G
Just think of the opposites, so the oxidizing agent is reduced, while the reducing agent is being oxidized!