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What is an oxidizing agent? What happens when an oxidizing agent is added to propanol? Explain with the help of a chemical equation.

Answer :

The compounds that supplies oxygen in a reaction for oxidation and gets reduced is called an oxidizing agent. Examples of oxidizing agents are potassium permanganate, potassium dichromate etc.

When propanol is heated with alkaline potassium permanganate solution (or acidified potassium dichromate solution), it gets oxidised to propanoic acid.

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