Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

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Katie Frei 1L
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Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

Postby Katie Frei 1L » Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:30 pm

Is there a difference between being oxidized versus being the oxidizing agent? Thank you!

Xinyi Zeng 4C
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Re: Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

Postby Xinyi Zeng 4C » Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:34 pm

They are two different things. The oxidizing agent will be reduced, as it will oxidize the other thing that is involved in the redox reaction. That's why it is an "oxidizing agent". If a thing is oxidized, it means that it is a reducing agent, as the other thing in the redox reaction will be reduced.

Lia Inadomi 1I
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Re: Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

Postby Lia Inadomi 1I » Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:46 pm

You can try to remember this like the oxidizing agent is the thing that does the oxidizing (accepting an electron) and in turn gets reduced. Basically just think of it as the action it is doing.

Albert_Luu3K
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Re: Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

Postby Albert_Luu3K » Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:58 pm

Remembering the difference between being oxidized and being the oxidizing agent AND being reduced and being the reducing agent can be confusing.You just got to remember that if a molecule is being oxidized, then it is the reducing agent because it is the one losing and transferring the electrons over. The molecule being reduced is the oxidizing agent because it is accepting this transfer of electrons.

Yiting_Gong_4L
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Re: Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

Postby Yiting_Gong_4L » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:42 pm

Yes, there is a difference. Being oxidized means that molecule is the reducing agent. Being reduced means that the molecule is the oxidizing agent.

Celine Hoh 2L
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Re: Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

Postby Celine Hoh 2L » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:21 pm

I usually just remember one as an opposite of another. If something is being oxidized, then it is the reducing agent.

Arta Kasaeian 2C
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Re: Oxidized vs oxidizing agent

Postby Arta Kasaeian 2C » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:46 pm

Basically the reactant in the reduction reaction is the oxidizing agent, which is what enables the reactant in the oxidized reaction to get oxidized. On the other hand, the reactant in the oxidation half reaction is the reducing agent for the reactant in the reduction half reaction.


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