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Postby Naana Boateng 1I » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:40 pm

How do you determine the oxidizing and reducing agent of a reaction?

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Re: redox

Postby miznaakbar » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:54 pm

The oxidizing agent is the compound that is reduced, or gains electrons. The reducing agent is the compound that is oxidized, or loses electrons.

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Re: redox

Postby Sophia Bozone 2G » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:54 pm

Its kind of a backwards terminology. If you follow the flow of electrons, the particles being oxidized are the reducing agents, and the particles being reduced are the oxidizing agents.

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Re: redox

Postby Wenjie Dong 2E » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:23 pm

The oxidizing agent gains electrons and reducing agent losses electrons. A easy way to remember this is that Oxygen usually (not always!) acts as the oxidizing agent in redox reactions and it gains electrons during redox reactions.

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Re: redox

Postby Minie 1G » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:09 pm

LEO the lion says GER.

a loss of electrons is oxidation, so the oxidizing agent is what makes the loss of electrons happen, aka what gets more electrons by oxidizing something else.

The reducing agent is what causes the gain of electrons, so it gives up electrons to reduce something else.

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Re: redox

Postby AtreyiMitra2L » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:10 pm

I basically look at what reactant is being oxidized and name that the reducing agent. Then I look atwhat reactant is being reduced and name that the oxidizing agent.

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Re: redox

Postby 604807557 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:56 pm


Oxygen is losing - oxidizing agent gains electrons

Reduction is gaining - reducing agent loses electron

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