Problem: For the following reaction of iron(III) oxide with carbon, what is the reducing agent?2Fe2O3(s) + 3C(s) → 4Fe(s) + 3CO2(g)A. CO2(g)B. Fe2O3(s)C. C(s)D. Fe(s)

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We are asked to identify the reducing agent for the following reaction of iron(III) oxide with carbon:

2Fe2O3(s) + 3C(s) → 4Fe(s) + 3CO2(g)


Reducing agent is the species that is being oxidized in a redox reaction.

Recall the mnemonics LEO GER.

Lose               Gain

Electron         Electrons

Oxidation       Reduction


The  reducing agent would be oxidized or loses an electron:


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For the following reaction of iron(III) oxide with carbon, what is the reducing agent?

2Fe2O3(s) + 3C(s) → 4Fe(s) + 3CO2(g)

A. CO2(g)

B. Fe2O3(s)

C. C(s)

D. Fe(s)

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