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Problem: Which element is the oxidizing agent in this reaction?ZnO+C→Zn+COEnter the chemical symbol of the element. 

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

ZnO + C  Zn + CO


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  Reducing Agent

Gain Electrons  Reduction  Oxidizing Agent


This means the element that gains electrons/reduced is the oxidizing agent.


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Which element is the oxidizing agent in this reaction?

ZnO+C→Zn+CO

Enter the chemical symbol of the element.

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