# What does oxidizing mean in science?

Sep 4, 2017

It means liable to cause an oxidation reaction......

#### Explanation:

And the two most oxidizing species are ${F}_{2}$ and ${O}_{2}$...and of course the act of oxidation these species are reduced to ${F}^{-}$ and ${O}^{2 -}$ ions..........

Oxidation involves the formal loss of electrons.....

$F e \rightarrow F {e}^{3 +} + 3 {e}^{-}$ $\left(i\right)$

And this is a way to quantify the reaction with say dioxygen......

And for every oxidation there is a corresponding REDUCTION, here of an OXIDIZING agent, a species that accepts electrons......

${O}_{2} + 4 {e}^{-} \rightarrow 2 {O}^{2 -}$ $\left(i i\right)$

And so we take $4 \times \left(i\right) + 3 \times \left(i i\right)$ to eliminate the electrons......

$4 F e + 3 {O}_{2} \rightarrow 2 F {e}_{2} {O}_{3}$