REVIEW_OF_REDOX_TERMS_and_SIGN_CONVENTIO

REVIEW_OF_REDOX_TERM - REVIEW OF REDOX TERMS Oxidation and reduction in terms of electron transfer Remember that in terms of electrons LEO Loss of

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REVIEW OF REDOX TERMS Oxidation and reduction in terms of electron transfer Remember that in terms of electrons: LEO – Loss of Electrons Oxidation GER – Gain of Electrons Reduction REDOX equilibria: When solid magnesium forms its ions, it loses electrons. The magnesium is being oxidized. When the copper(II) ions gain electrons to form copper, they are being reduced. Reducing agents and oxidizing agents A reducing agent reduces something else. That must mean that it gives electrons to it. Magnesium is good at giving away electrons to form its ions. Magnesium must be a good reducing agent. An oxidizing agent oxidizes something else. That must mean that it takes electrons from it. Copper doesn't form its ions very readily, and its ions easily pick up electrons from somewhere to revert to metallic copper. Copper(II) ions must be good oxidizing agents.
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Summarizing REDOX on the Electrochemical Series Metals at the top of the series are good at giving away electrons. They are good reducing agents. The reducing ability of the metal increases as
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2009 for the course CHE 331 taught by Professor Fowler during the Winter '09 term at Waterloo.

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REVIEW_OF_REDOX_TERM - REVIEW OF REDOX TERMS Oxidation and reduction in terms of electron transfer Remember that in terms of electrons LEO Loss of

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