Reactant vs. Reagent

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Yazmin Bocanegra 3L
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Reactant vs. Reagent

Postby Yazmin Bocanegra 3L » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:15 pm

Why do my notes have "reactant" and "reagent?" Is there a difference between the two?

rabiasumar2E
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Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Postby rabiasumar2E » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:25 pm

They are used interchangeably but to my understanding, typically a reactant is what you refer to in a balanced chemical equation and a reagent is a term used in the lab. I think we use reagent more because we deal with chemistry connected to biology and learn more through biological examples. Using either should be appropriate in my opinion.

Veronica Lu 2H
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Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Postby Veronica Lu 2H » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:28 pm

There is no difference; reactant and reagent are the same thing.

Haley Pham 4I
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Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Postby Haley Pham 4I » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:45 pm

Chemicals in a lab are called reagents. When a reagent is used in a particular reaction, it is called a reactant.

SarahCoufal_1k
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Re: Reactant vs. Reagent

Postby SarahCoufal_1k » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:48 pm

For the sake of our class, I think it's reagents/reactants on the left side and products on the right side.


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