# What is the reducing agent in the reaction Fe + AgNO_3 -> Fe(NO_3)_3 + Ag?

Mar 1, 2016

$F e \left(s\right) + 3 A g N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) \rightarrow F e {\left(N {O}_{3}\right)}_{3} \left(a q\right) + 3 A g \downarrow$
Since iron is oxidized, it loses electrons, the which reduce the silver ion to silver metal. So iron is the reducing agent, which becomes oxidized in the reduction of $A {g}^{+}$