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Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:53 pm
by Maayan Epstein 14B
When something is a "reducing agent", does this mean it gets oxidized or reduced? Furthermore, does this mean it is the cathode or the anode?

Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:18 pm
by Rimsha Hussaini 1A
The reducing agent is the substance that undergoes oxidation (losing electrons) and thus corresponds to the anode.

Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:20 pm
by Miya Lopez 1I
A reducing agent is a substance that is oxidized, which means it loses electrons.

Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:21 pm
by Elizabeth Gallmeister 1A
Right, the reducing agent is oxidized because it facilitates and allows for the reduction of the other species. One way to think about it is the oxidation produces the electrons transferred to actually reduce the other species.

Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:56 pm
by Danielle Hoekstra 1C
The anode is the electrode that electricity flows into. Cathode is the electrode where the electricity flows out of. An anode is positive and a cathode is negative

Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:26 am
by Laurence Tacderas 1K
Just remember that what ever reduces/oxidizes (or is the "reducing/oxidizing" agent) is the one getting oxidized/reduced. Then you can tell if it is the cathode (reduction) or anode (oxidation) half reaction