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Agents and Species

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:22 pm
by MichelleRamirez_2F
What is the difference between a reducing agent and a reduced species? And an oxidizing agent vs a oxidized species?

Re: Agents and Species

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:49 pm
by Andrea Zheng 1H
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.

Re: Agents and Species

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:55 pm
by Steven Garcia 1H
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!

Re: Agents and Species

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:28 am
by Samantha Silva 1F
Reduced species= Oxidizing agent
Oxidized species= Reducing agent