To determine the role of magnesium Mg(s) in the reaction, we must identify the changes in their oxidation states. Compare the oxidation number of the element on the reactant side and on the product side.
Remember the mnemonics:
Mg(s) + 2 HCl(aq) → MgCl2(aq) + H2(g)
Recall the rules for the oxidation states of some elements
In the reaction Mg(s) + 2HCl(aq) → MgCl 2(aq) + H2(g), what role does magnesium play?
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