ChemistryIn the reaction, 2HgO→2Hg+O2 , Hg2+ act as

In the reaction, 2HgO2Hg+O2 , Hg2+ act as

  1. A

    Oxidizing agent 

  2. B

    Reducing agent 

  3. C

    Oxidized 

  4. D

    None of the above

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    Solution:

    • In the reaction, 2HgO2Hg+O2, the oxidation states of Hg and O.
    • The oxidation state of Hg changes from +2 to 0 i.e. Hg gets reduced. Whereas, the oxidation state of O changes from -2 to 0 . Oxygen gets oxidized. So, Hg2+ gets reduced and oxidized O. Hence, it acts as an oxidizing agent (a substance that causes oxidation by accepting electrons and itself gets reduced). 
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