Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

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Bryce Barbee
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Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Bryce Barbee » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:03 pm

Can someone explain the concept behind reducing and oxidizing agents. How do you determine which is which?

Shannon Asay 1C
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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Shannon Asay 1C » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:20 pm

A reducing agent oxidizes something and an oxidizing agent reduces something else.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby rabiasumar2E » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:40 pm

Whatever is being oxidized is the reducing agent and whatever is being reduced is the oxidizing agent.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Sukanya Mohapatra 2G » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:46 pm

An oxidizing agent, or oxidant, gains electrons and is reduced in a chemical reaction. A reducing agent, or reductant, loses electrons and is oxidized in a chemical reaction.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby 205405339 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:54 pm

the molecule that contains the element being oxidized is the reducing agent and the molecule that contains the element being reduced is the oxidizing agent

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Minh Ngo 4G » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:58 pm

It's vice versa with the ones being oxidized/ reduced. The oxidized one is the reducing agent (think about it, if let's say H is being oxidized, it can go around oxidizing anyone else, thus, someone has to oxidize it, thus it is a reducing agent)

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Sartaj Bal 1J » Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:47 pm

The way I think of it is as opposites. If something is being reduced (gaining an electron), that means it is taking an electron away from something, therefore making it an oxidizing agent.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby SimranSangha4I » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:35 pm

It can be confusing at time but the best way to look at it would be associating it with the opposites of the term. So the element being oxidized is the reducing agent.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby HuyHa_2H » Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:29 pm

It tripped me up trying to comprehend this but I kind of think of them as opposites. So, the oxidizing agents are reduced and the reducing agents are oxidized.

Hannah Pham
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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Hannah Pham » Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:44 pm

Oxidizing agents are the ones that oxidize, so the remove electrons, while reducing agents are the ones doing the reducing, so they provide the electrons.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Asha Agarwal 1E » Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:52 pm

The reducing agent is the species being oxidized as it reduces the other species by transferring its own electrons to something else, therefore reducing it. The oxidizing agent is very similar in terms of logic but it is the opposite.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Rida Ismail 2E » Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:54 am

The reducing agent is what oxidizes
the oxidizing agent is what reduces

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Jasmine W 1K » Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:48 pm

I think of it in terms of opposites, so whatever is being oxidized acts as the reducing agent and whatever is being reduced acts as the oxidizing agent.

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Re: Reducing/Oxidizing Agents

Postby Nuoya Jiang » Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:54 pm

A reducing agent is a reactant that gives electrons (increase its oxidation number) during the reaction, while an oxidizing agent is the reactant which gains electrons during the reaction.


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