# In terms of the movement of electrons, what are "oxidizing" and "reducing agents"?

Nov 24, 2016

#### Answer:

An $\text{oxidizing agent}$ accepts electrons..........

#### Explanation:

.......And a $\text{reducing agent}$ donates electrons.

$\text{A priori}$, without knowing ANYTHING about reaction chemistry or electronic structure, we would predict that $C {e}^{4 +}$ should be a better oxidant than is $S {n}^{2 +}$. Why?