Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

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Michelle Steinberg2J
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Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

Postby Michelle Steinberg2J » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:58 am

There have been a few homework problems that deal with determining the best oxidizing/reducing agent. How do you know?

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Re: Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

Postby Maeve Gallagher 1J » Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:34 pm

The more negative the standard reduction potential of a reaction, the stronger that compound is as a reducing agent. This is because a very negative reduction potential will translate to a very high oxidation potential when the equation is flipped, meaning the compound will be oxidized more strong, resulting in it being a stronger reducing agent. For The strongest oxidizing agent, the opposite is true.

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Re: Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

Postby CalebBurns3L » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:24 pm

The more negative the standard reduction potential for a particular compound, the stronger it will act as a reducing agent.

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Re: Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

Postby joycelee1A » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:59 pm

From what I remember from during my discussion section, the more positive potential means its a greater oxidizing agent and after the potential, the size would be the next determining factor.

Erik Khong 2E
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Re: Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

Postby Erik Khong 2E » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:51 pm

The best reduction agent has the most negative or lowest potential energy. The best oxidation agent has the most positive or highest potential energy.

Lourick Bustamante 1B
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Re: Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

Postby Lourick Bustamante 1B » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:05 pm

E° = standard reduction potential
When comparing the values of E°, you can use the rules:
- most easily reduced element/best oxidizing agent = higher E°
- most easily oxidized element/best reducing agent = lower E°

Cynthia Bui 2H
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Re: Reducing Agent/ Oxidizing Agent

Postby Cynthia Bui 2H » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:28 pm

The more negative the E is, the better it is as a reducing agent and vice versa.


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