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Reducing power

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:21 am
by Sophia Kim 1C
I am confused on what it means for something to have a high reducing/oxidizing power. I read that if Ecell is more negative than it has greater reducing power but I am confused on why that is.

Re: Reducing power

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:35 am
by Matt_Fontila_2L_Chem14B
Reducing power is the strength of a chemical's ability to reduce another substance. It's the ability to gain electrons.

Oxidizing power is the strength of a chemical's ability to oxidize another substance. It's how easily the chemical donates/loses electrons.

Re: Reducing power

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:37 am
by Sara Varadharajulu
if e cell is very positive, it means the element has high oxidizing power because it is able to be reduced very easily.

if e cell is very negative, it means the element has high reducing power because it is able to be oxidized very easily (the reverse reaction, in this case oxidation, is favored).