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reducing and oxidizing agents

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:40 am
by Kassandra Molina 2B
Why are reducing and oxidizing agents the opposites of reduction and oxidation?

Re: reducing and oxidizing agents

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:22 am
by Sarah_Stay_1D
Kassandra Molina 2B wrote:Why are reducing and oxidizing agents the opposites of reduction and oxidation?


If something is being a oxidized it is a reducing agent because the process of it losing electrons allows/helps the other substance in the cathode to be reduced. This is true the other way around. If something is being oxidized it is an oxidizing agent because the process of it gaining electrons allows/helps the other substance in the cathode to be reduced.

Re: reducing and oxidizing agents

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:23 am
by Peter Dis1G
Think this way, two half-reactions, one reduced and the other oxidized. Reducing agents themselves are oxidized because their electrons are taken away so to facilitate the other reduced reaction.