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Redox reactions: reduction and oxidation

A redox reaction is a reaction that involves the transfer of electrons between elements. 

The word ‘redox’ is made from the words that describe the two reactions, reduction and oxidation.

In an oxidation reaction a metal loses electrons and forms an ionic bond with oxygen that has stolen them. 

 

Oxidation is the loss of electrons and reduction is the gain of electrons
Oxidation is the loss of electrons and reduction is the gain of electrons.

 

To remember this, think of OIL RIG.

 

This stands for:

            Oxidation Is the Loss of electrons

            Reduction Is the Gain of electrons

 

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