1.3 - Oxidising and Reducing Agents


Oxidising and Reducing Agents

Higher Chemistry 1.3

Oxidation is the loss of electrons and reduction is the gain of electrons, redox is when both things happen at once. 

Oxidation and reduction reactions can be brought about by oxidising and reducing agents.

reducing agent is a substance that loses electrons and is oxidised itself. The strongest reducing agents are the alkali metals due to their low electronegativities.

Some reducing agents are used in the chemical industry to help extract metals.

An oxidising agent is a substance that gains electrons and is reduced itself. The strongest oxidising agents are the halogens due to their high


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