Identifying Oxi/Red Agents  [ENDORSED]

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Curtis Tam 1J
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Identifying Oxi/Red Agents

Postby Curtis Tam 1J » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:12 pm

Okay so I get that species being oxidized are the reducing agents and the same logic goes for the species being reduced. So my question is, if something like S2O3 2- is the reducing agent, is the entire molecule said to be oxidized or do we just say the S in the S2O3 2- is oxidized. Or is both acceptable?

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Re: Identifying Oxi/Red Agents

Postby Rachel Lu_dis1H » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:55 pm

the whole thing S2O3 2- is the reducing agent or is oxidized

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Re: Identifying Oxi/Red Agents

Postby Manasvi Paudel 1A » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:10 pm

I have the same question. Wouldn't the S be oxidized because it is the only element of the compound that is losing electrons?

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Re: Identifying Oxi/Red Agents

Postby Curtis Tam 1J » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:56 pm

Not sure if there's a rule for it. Because for example we say glucose is "oxidized" in the combustion equation but technically the carbon I believe is being oxidized.

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Re: Identifying Oxi/Red Agents

Postby Jennifer Ho 1K » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:25 pm

The convention is to say the whole molecule's being oxidized I believe, even if it's actually just the atom being oxidized.

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Re: Identifying Oxi/Red Agents

Postby Kailey Brodeur 1J » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:38 pm

Yes, you can say the entire molecule is being oxidized since the compound is giving away electors even though these electrons come from one species in the molecule.

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Re: Identifying Oxi/Red Agents  [ENDORSED]

Postby Shreya Ramineni 2L » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:29 pm

The reducing agent/the component with reducing power is being oxidized and vice versa.


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