Problem: Determine if the following is an oxidation–reduction reaction, and identify the oxidizing agent, the reducing agent, the substance being oxidized, and the substance being reduced:SiCl4 (l) + 2 Mg (s) → 2 MgCl2 (s) + Si (s)

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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 while the element that loses electrons/oxidized is the reducing agent


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Determine if the following is an oxidation–reduction reaction, and identify the oxidizing agent, the reducing agent, the substance being oxidized, and the substance being reduced:

SiCl4 (l) + 2 Mg (s) → 2 MgCl2 (s) + Si (s)

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