Ok I'm trying to do my chemistry homework and well i'm stuck. I have the first few questions done i'm stuck on question 5 step 3, an i'm not sure the other are correct. I still have no idea how to balance equations and well here we go again with balanceing things... 1. What is the difference between an oxidizing agent and a reducing agent? Reduction means what it says: the oxidation number is reduced in reduction. Oxidation is the reverse process: the oxidation number of an atom is increased during oxidation. 2. When first learning to balance equations, we learned that the number of atoms of each element in the products and reactants must be equivalent. What are some additional factors that must be taken into account when balancing equations for redox reactions? Combine the half reactions to eliminate the electrons from the overall reaction. 3. What are half reactions? A half-reaction is simply one which shows either reduction OR oxidation, but not both. 4. What two aspects of the half-reaction equations must be balanced? atoms and charge in order 5. For the equation Ag + NO3 - à Ag + + NO (Note: This reaction takes place in an acidic solution.) Step 1: What substance is reduced? Oxygen Step 2: What substance is oxidized? Silver Step 3: What is the half reaction for oxidation? Step 4: What is the half reaction for reduction? Step 5: What is the net balanced equation? Step 6: What is the reduced equation?