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Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:45 pm
by ursulavictorino1K
Given 2 reactions, how do you distinguish which is the oxidizer and which is the reducer?

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:11 am
by Eesha Chattopadhyay 2K
The reaction with the more positive Ecell is has a higher oxidizing power, the more negative has a higher reducing power.

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:13 am
by SVajragiri_1C
The oxidizer gains electrons bc they reduce the other agent, and vice versa.

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:36 am
by Brandon Valafar
Oxidizing agent gains electrons while the reducing agent loses electrons. It's kinda like the opposite as usual.

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:35 am
by Rohit Ghosh 4F
A key concept to understand is that an oxidizing agent is more likely to be reduced while a reducing agent is more likely to be oxidized.

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:11 am
by ValerieChavarin 4F
Familiarize yourself with the LEO (loss of electron, oxidization) and GER (gains electrons, reduction) acronyms, they help identify what is being reduced and oxidized. From there you also have to know that the species that is being reduced in the 'oxidizing agent' and the one being oxidized is the 'reducing agent'.

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:19 am
by Rebekah Alfred 1J
In determining the oxidizing agent and reducing agent, I would suggest figuring out the various oxidation states first.

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:21 am
by Kallista McCarty 1C
The oxidizing agent is the one that is reduced and the reducing agent is the one that is oxidized!

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:50 am
by William Francis 2E
In an oxidation half reaction, electrons are found on the product side of the equation and the oxidation number of the species being oxidized (called the reducing agent) increases. In a reduction reaction, electrons are found on the reactant side of the equation and the oxidation number of the species being reduced (called the oxidizing agent) decreases.

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:02 am
by Nikki Razal 1L
the oxidizing agent is the reactant that gets reduced, whereas the reducing agent is the one that gets oxidized

Re: Determining the oxidizer and reducer

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:59 pm
by Joanne Lee 1J
The oxidizer has a higher oxidation number and the reducer has a lower oxidation number.