Organic chemistry/Oxidations

From Wikiversity
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Oxidation is a process where a substance:

a) loses one or more electrons;


b) gains oxygen atom/s;


c) loses hydrogen atom/s;


d) gains an increase in its oxidation number.

For example:

C + O2 ->CO2

Here C ie carbon gets oxidised while oxygen is reduced. This is simple combustion of carbon.