# Question #95430

Feb 26, 2017

No. It is reduced.

#### Explanation:

The oxidation numbers for the ions in $\text{FeCl"_2}$ are $+ 2$ and $- 2$, respecitively. The product $\text{Fe}$ is in its elemental state, and therefore has an oxidation state of $0$. So the oxidation number for $\text{Fe"^(+2)}$ is reduced from $+ 2$ to $0$ in the product $\text{Fe}$. A reduction reaction involves the gain of electrons.

${\text{Fe}}^{+ 2} + 2 {e}^{-}$$\rightarrow$$\text{Fe}$

The oxidation reaction is the change of elemental $\text{Mg}$ from $0$ to ${\text{Mg}}^{+ 2}$. The oxidation reaction involved the loss of $2$ electrons from elemental $\text{Mg}$.

$\text{Mg}$$\rightarrow$$\text{Mg"^(+2) + 2e^-}$