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Problem: Identify the reducing agent in the following reaction:2 MnO−4 + 10 Cl− + 16 H+ → 5 Cl2 + Mn2+ + 8 H2O(A) Cl−(B) MnO−4(C) Cl2(D) Mn2+ (E) H+

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We’re being asked to identify the reducing agent in the given reaction:

2 MnO4- + 10 Cl + 16 H+ → 5 Cl2 + Mn2+ + 8 H2O


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


Recall the mnemonic for redox reactions:

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Identify the reducing agent in the following reaction:

2 MnO4 + 10 Cl + 16 H+ → 5 Cl2 + Mn2+ + 8 H2O

(A) Cl

(B) MnO4

(C) Cl2

(D) Mn2+ 

(E) H+

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