# What is the difference between oxidants and reductants?

Jul 14, 2017

Non-metals are usually oxidizing........i.e. they tend to gain electrons....

#### Explanation:

Certainly fluorine and oxygen gas are the most powerful oxidizing agents known. These TEND to pick up electrons, oxidizing the other material and themselves becoming reduced......

$\frac{1}{2} {O}_{2} \left(g\right) + 2 {e}^{-} \rightarrow {O}^{2 -}$

$\frac{1}{2} {F}_{2} \left(g\right) + {e}^{-} \rightarrow {F}^{-}$