Problem: Identify the oxidizing agent and the reducing agent for the following reaction:2Al(s) + 3Sn2+(aq) → 2Al3+(aq) + 3Sn(s)

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Recall: In a redox reaction, the oxidizing agent is reduced (gains electrons) while the reducing agent is oxidized (loses electrons).

For Al: The oxidation state of Al went from 0 to +3, which means it lost electrons and is oxidized.

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Identify the oxidizing agent and the reducing agent for the following reaction:

2Al(s) + 3Sn2+(aq) → 2Al3+(aq) + 3Sn(s)


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