Oxidation vs. reduction

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Emma Ward 2C
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Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Emma Ward 2C » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:29 pm

How do you tell which equation is the being oxidized or reduced?

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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby SPandya1F » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:40 pm

An easy way to remember this is LEO says GER. It stands for "lose electrons oxidation; gain electrons reduction"

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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Wenxin Fan 1J » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:46 pm

An oxidation equation is when an element has a lower oxidation number in the reactants compared to the products and/or when there are electrons in the products side of the equation. A reduction equation is when the electrons are found on the left side of the equation and/or when the oxidation number is greater in the reactants compared to the products. Losing an electron is oxidation and gaining and electron is reduction.

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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Michele 2C » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:15 pm

To add on to the previous answer, something to note is that the substance that is 'oxidized' is also known as the 'reducing agent', and the substance that is 'reduced' is also known as the 'oxidizing agent'. This is because a substance that experiences oxidation (or the loss of electrons) inherently causes reduction in another substance (another substance will inevitably gain the electrons that the original substance lost).

Michael Cheng 1C
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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Michael Cheng 1C » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:49 am

How can you tell which reaction to flip when doing the redox problems?

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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Kevin Ru 1D » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:23 pm

Another way to remember this is OIL RIG. Oxidation is Loss. Reduction is Gain. So you'll want to compare the reactants and products and see if the oxidation number decreases or increases to help determine whether or not it was oxidized or reduced.

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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Caitlin Mispagel 1D » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:42 pm

Michael Cheng 1C wrote:How can you tell which reaction to flip when doing the redox problems?

The overall E should be positive for the reaction in order for it to be spontaneous. So you have to look at the two seperate E's and decide which to flip in order for Erxn to be positive.

Caroline LaPlaca
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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Caroline LaPlaca » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:14 pm

If the little plus sign gets higher, it means the atom is losing an electron and therefore is being oxidized.

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Re: Oxidation vs. reduction

Postby Sophia Kim 1C » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:10 am

When something loses electrons it is oxidized and when it gains electrons it is reduced. A tip to remember as well though is that an oxidizing agent is the one being reduced and the reducing agent is the one being oxidized and both are on the reactant side of the redox equation.


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