Reducing Agent: Definition & Examples


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What does a reducing agent do?

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1. What happens to the oxidation state of the substance being reduced in a redox reaction?

2. Why is a reducing agent needed for a redox reaction to occur?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your understanding of redicing agent is checked via this worksheet and quiz. Questions will test what you know about a reducing agent's function and what happens to the oxidation state of a substance being reduced in a redox reaction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the worksheet and quiz to:

  • Understand why a reducing agent is needed for a redox reaction to happen
  • Identify how you can conclude which substance is reduced and which is oxidized
  • Recognize how a battery produces an electrical current

Skills Practiced

These skills will be practiced:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on reducing agents
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what produces electrical current in a battery in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as when a substance is reduced and which is oxidized

Additional Learning

Read this lesson called Reducing Agent: Definition & Examples to learn more about reducing agents. The lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Define reducing agent
  • Explain what is being reduced
  • Interpret a redox reaction
  • Know why redox chemistry is essential