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Reducing agent

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Chemistry 1210: Introduction to General Chemistry Dr. Gina M. Florio 11 October 2012 Jespersen, Brady and Hyslop Chapter 6 Oxidation-Reduction Reactions Reactions that involve the transfer of electrons are called oxidation-reduction or redox reactions. Oxidation is the loss of electrons by a reactant. Reduction is the gain of electrons by a reactant LEO the lion goes GER! LEO: Losing Electrons during Oxidation GER: Gaining Electrons during Reduction Redox Reactions Redox Reactions In a balanced redox reaction, the total number of electrons lost by one substance is the same as the total number of electrons gained by the other. Oxidizing agent ? the substance that accepts the electrons. Reducing agent ? the substance that gives up the electrons.
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