Why is the conversion of ethanol to ethanoic acid considered an oxidation reaction? Write the oxidising agent used in the reaction involved.



The conversion of ethanol to ethanoic acid is considered an oxidation reaction because oxygen atoms are added to ethanol to convert it to ethanoic acid .

The following reaction takes place:    

Ethanol Converted into Ethanoic acid - Teachoo.png


Oxidising agents are substances that get reduced in order to oxidise other substances.

In the reaction given above, the oxidising agents that can be used are alkaline KMnO 4 or acidic K 2 Cr 2 O 7 .

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