Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

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Bryce Ramirez 1J
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Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

Postby Bryce Ramirez 1J » Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:25 pm

For clarification, if the element is undergoing oxidation, this makes it the reducing agent? And if an element is undergoing reduction, it makes it the oxidizing agent? Or is it the other way around?

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Re: Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

Postby Deepika Reddy 1A » Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:26 pm

If an element is reduced, that means it is the oxidizing agent because it causes something else to be oxidized so it can be reduced. If an element is oxidized, that means it is the reducing agent because it causes something else to be reduced so it can be oxidized.

Kallista McCarty 1C
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Re: Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

Postby Kallista McCarty 1C » Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:56 pm

Yes! Elements that are reduced are considered the oxidizing agent and elements that are oxidized are considered the reducing agent. I remember them as opposites of each other

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Re: Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

Postby 005162902 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:36 pm

The reducing agent is the element being oxidized. Now that it has given up its electrons, they can be given to another element and allow it to be reduced. That is why the thing getting oxidized is called a "reducing agent"
The oxidizing agent is the element being reduced. Now that it has taken up electrons, it can be oxidized later on and give them to another element . That is why the thing getting reduced is called a "oxidizing agent", because it will assist in oxidation later on.

Kayli Choy 2F
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Re: Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

Postby Kayli Choy 2F » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:26 pm

Additionally, you can tell that a substance is being oxidized when the oxidation number of the substance increases (this is the reducing agent). A substance is being reduced when the oxidation number of the substance decreases (this is the oxidation agent).

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Re: Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

Postby Celena Kim 2I » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:49 pm

The reducing agents typically tend to be the substance with the more negative E potential. The couple with the more positive reduction potential will be where reduction occurs and therefore, contain an oxidizing agent.


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