Are carbon and hydrogen oxdising agents?

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Are carbon and hydrogen oxdising agents?
« on: 12/10/2013 22:40:23 »
Are carbon and hydrogen oxdizing agents or reducing agents?
« Last Edit: 14/10/2013 23:05:05 by chris »

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For most materials, carbon  and hydrogen are reducing agents. However they are oxidising agents towards some of the more reactive metals.

So, hydrogen reduces chlorine
H2 + Cl2  --> 2HCl
 but it oxidises sodium

2 Na +H2 --> 2 NaH
Incidentally, I'm just curious, what is your first language?
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