what is reducing equivalent
Reducing equivalent is the number of chemical substance that is capable of transferring one electron at the time of oxidation or reduction and all other type of reaction where the oxidation state changes. For example, hydrogen atom is a reducing equivalent as it consists of one proton and one electron. In reactions hydrogen atom is capable of giving away the electron.
- A lone electron (for example in reactions involving metal ions)
- A hydrogen atom (consisting of a proton and an electron)
- A hydride ion (:H–) which carries two electrons (for example in reactions involving NAD)
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