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Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that take place with that matter.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Redox Reactions - Oxidation and Reduction, Gain or Loss of Oxygen

[Oxidation is a gain in oxygen, or a loss of hydrogen]

hence, any combustion process is classified as oxidation, as it involves a gain in oxygen.

methane + oxygen -> carbon dioxide + steam
CH4 (g) + 2 O2 (g) -> CO2 (g) + 2 H2O (g)

when methane burns, the carbon atoms in methane gain oxygen and therefore is oxidised.
alternatively, this can be seen as methane losing hydrogen atoms, which is again oxidation.

[Reduction is a loss of oxygen, or a gain in hydrogen]

which is the opposite of oxidation. =P



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