Oxidizing and Reducing Agents Video Lessons

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Problem: Complete these equations. Show structural formulas for the major products.

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Recall oxidation is the process of increasing oxygen atoms in a compound. Alcohols can be oxidized into carbonyl compounds using:

a strong oxidizing agent: KMnO4 or Cr6+ reagents (H2Cr2O4, CrO3, K2Cr2O7, etc.)

– oxidizes 1˚ alcohols and aldehydes to carboxylic acids

– oxidizes 2˚ alcohols to ketones


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Complete these equations. Show structural formulas for the major products.


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