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Valesia S.

asked • 08/13/19

In the following redox reaction, which species is being reduced and which is being oxidized?

2 C2H6 (g) + 7 O2 (g) --> 4 CO2 (g) + 6 H2O (g)


I got as far as identifying O2 as the species being reduced (oxidation state decreases) but then I got confused with how C2H6 is being oxidized because the oxidation state for hydrogen decreases and signifies a reduction while the oxidation state for carbon increases, signifying oxidation. Is C2H6 being oxidized and if so, how?

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