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Oxidizing vs. Reducing agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:20 am
by Hailey Johnson
Can someone help clarify the difference between an oxidizing and reducing agent? Also, how do we use cell potential to determine what is an oxidizing and what is a reducing agent?

Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing agent

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:45 am
by Cristina Sarmiento 1E
The oxidizing agent is the substance being reduced.
The reducing agent is the substance being oxidized.

When the cell potential is more positive, it has a stronger oxidizing agent
When the cell potential is more negative, it has a stronger reducing agent