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An acid that can act as a strong oxidizing agent as well as an acid. Nitric acid is a common example. It is able to attack metals, such as copper, that are below hydrogen in the electromotive series, by oxidizing the metal:2HNO3+Cu → CuO+H2O+2NO2 This is followed by reaction between the acid and the oxide:2HNO3+CuO → Cu(NO3)2+H2O

2HNO3+Cu → CuO+H2O+2NO2

2HNO3+CuO → Cu(NO3)2+H2O

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