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oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:28 pm
by 205389184
How come the oxidizing agents are the opposite of what is being oxidized? and the same for the reduction agents

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:30 pm
by JonathanS 1H
The oxidizing agent is the substance that causes oxidation in another substance. The same is true for reducing agents.

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:32 pm
by Andrew Pfeiffer 2E
The terminology here appears flipped because of the meaning of the word agent. In general, an agent is a thing that brings about an action. In the case of redox reactions, a reducing agent is the atom or molecule that brings about the oxidization of another, while an oxidizing agent is the atom or molecule that brings about the reduction of another.

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:35 pm
by KHowe_1D
The agents are what cause the oxidation or reduction so it will be, by definition, the opposite.

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:56 pm
by Jasmine Vallarta 2L
the oxidizing agent gets reduced and the reducing agent gets oxidized

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:10 pm
by Elizabeth Bowen 1J
An Oxidizing agent does the oxidizing, so it allows the other side to become oxidized, and vice versa.

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:24 pm
by Chris Charton 1B
Oxidizing agents cause Oxidation to a substance and get reduced in the process.

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:24 pm
by saigorijavolu2k
The oxidizing agent means that it is oxidizing the thing, it causes the oxidization

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:28 pm
by Jainam Shah 4I
The oxidation agent causes another substance to be oxidized and in the reaction the oxidizing agent is being reduced.

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:15 pm
by Sreyes_1C
I like to think of it as, the oxidizing agents carry out the oxidation, and same with reduction

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:20 pm
by Kimberly Koo 2I
The oxidation agent causes another substance to be oxidized, which is why the oxidizing agent is different from what's being oxidized

Re: oxidizing agents

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:35 pm
by Ashley Alvarado 2C
The oxidizing agent has the ability to oxidize and is itself reduced. The reducing agent reduces and is itself oxidized.