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What is the difference between oxidation and reduction?
October 01, 2009 2:42PM
OIL RIG is the simple answer for REDOX. It shows that oxidation is loss of electrons while reduction is the gain of electrons. It is also that they both occur simultaneously, this is a couple reaction where the electrons lost by a reductant has to be gained by an oxidant. Oxidation is also the increase in oxidation number of the element being acted upon and reduction results in the decrease of the oxidation number on the element being reduced.