Problem: Consider the following balanced redox reaction:16H+ (aq) + 2MnO4− (aq) + 10Cl − (aq) ⟶ 2Mn 2+ (aq) + 5Cl 2 (g) + 8H2O (l)(a) Which species is being oxidized?

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We’re being asked to identify the species is being oxidized in the given reaction:

16H+(aq) + 2MnO4(aq) + 10Cl(aq) ⟶ 2Mn2+(aq) + 5Cl2(g) + 8H2O(l)


To do so, we need to identify the change in oxidation state for each element in the reaction. 

Recall the mnemonic for redox reactions:

Loss Electrons  Oxidation

Gain Electrons  Reduction


This means the element that loses electrons is the one being oxidized


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Consider the following balanced redox reaction:

16H+ (aq) + 2MnO4 (aq) + 10Cl − (aq) ⟶ 2Mn 2+ (aq) + 5Cl (g) + 8H2O (l)

(a) Which species is being oxidized?

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