Agents and Species

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MichelleRamirez_2F
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Agents and Species

Postby MichelleRamirez_2F » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:22 pm

What is the difference between a reducing agent and a reduced species? And an oxidizing agent vs a oxidized species?

Andrea Zheng 1H
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Re: Agents and Species

Postby Andrea Zheng 1H » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:49 pm

A reducing agent is the substance that has the ability to reduce other substances, by losing electrons and being oxidized.The reduced species is the thing that is reduced (gain electrons)

An oxidizing agent is the substance that has the ability to oxidize other substances, by gaining electrons and being reduced. The oxidized species is the thing that is oxidized (loses electrons)

Therefore, reducing agent = oxidized species and oxidizing agent = reduced species.

Steven Garcia 1H
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Re: Agents and Species

Postby Steven Garcia 1H » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:55 pm

I dislike these terms because of the confusion that they bring. The simplest way to think about it is that reduced species are oxidizing agents and oxidized species are reducing agents.

Reduced species gain an electron, by pulling an electron from a specie, therefore the reduced species act as the AGENT that causes oxidation.

On the other hand, oxidation species lose an electron, and provide the necessary electron for a reduction to occur, therefore they act as the AGENT that causes reduction.

Hope this helps!

Samantha Silva 1F
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Re: Agents and Species

Postby Samantha Silva 1F » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:28 am

Reduced species= Oxidizing agent
Oxidized species= Reducing agent


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