Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

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Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby Abigail Yap 2K » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:39 pm

How do we determine which species is the oxidizing / reducing agent?

Peri Bingham 1G
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Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby Peri Bingham 1G » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:48 pm

The oxidizing agent is reduced in the process of bringing about oxidation. The reducing agent is oxidized in the process of bringing about reduction.

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Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby torieoishi1A » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:38 pm

Oxidizing Agent: its the species that is being reduced as it removes the electron from a substance
Some examples include: O2,O3,Fe3+
Reducing Agent: the species that is being oxidized as it supplies electrons to a substance
Examples include: H2, H2S

Kevin Tabibian 1A
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Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby Kevin Tabibian 1A » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:52 am

Oxidizing agents help substances oxidize by being reduced. The opposite is true for reducing agents.

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Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby Jessica Lutz 2E » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:42 am

So, by looking at a half reaction, you can tell if its an oxidizing agent if electrons are on the reactants side and you can tell if its a reducing agent if the electrons are on the products side?

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Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby Ivy Lu 1C » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:14 pm

The oxidizing agent is the substance that's getting reduced. The reducing agent is the substance that's getting oxidized.

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Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby Ashley Macabasco 2K » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:25 pm

An oxidizing agent gains electrons which can be seen through a half-reaction. The reducing agent then loses electrons.

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Re: Oxidizing vs. Reducing Agent

Postby Fatima_Iqbal_2E » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:26 pm

For me, it helps to remember OIL (oxidation is losing e-) RIG (reduction is gaining e-). If a species is losing electrons when going from reactants to products, the oxidation number increases, so the species is being oxidized and is a reducing agent. However, if a species is gaining electrons when going from reactants to products, the oxidation number decreases, so the species is being reduced and is an oxidizing agent.


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