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Posted by on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 4:04am.

What is the reducing agent in the forward reaction?

H2O2(aq) + 2 HI(aq)--->2 H2O(l)+I2(s)

Since H2O2 can be both a reducing and oxidizing depending. I am confused on what is the reducing agent. Can someone please explain.

  • Chemistry - , Friday, February 27, 2009 at 5:22am

    Reducting agent is the species that lost electrons (ie,it was oxidized). On the left, I- in HI had one extra electron, on the right, it has none.

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