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    in organic chemistry, when they use the symbol [o] for an oxidising agent, does this actually represent a compound with an oxygen it it or can it be any sort of oxidising agent.


    also when u say a secondary alcohol gets oxidised to ketone, or any of the other organic oxidation processes, does this mean the sec alcohol loses some of its total electrons or from a certain part of the structure?
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    in organic chemistry, when they use the symbol [o] for an oxidising agent, does this actually represent a compound with an oxygen it it or can it be any sort of oxidising agent.

    [o] basically means any oxidising agent, e.g. K2S2O7, H2SO4.
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    u mean it doesnt hav to have an oxygen
    why then, when u balance the eqaution , on one side u get one o and the other side u get 2
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    It counts as an oxygen in the equations
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    As in, if something was oxidised so blah blah + [o] --> blah blah + H2O

    then you count the [o] as an oxygen on that side of the equation.
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    thanx, that makes sense,
    but if the oxidising thing really didnt hav an O, how wud u write it?
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    It always has an O, the [o] just means oxygen from an oxidising agent or something. So its not just plain O2.. Something like that!
    What bit don't you get of it?
 
 
 

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