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Pure iron metal contains more energy than rusted iron. Therefore, energy would have to be released in order for iron to rust, creating an exothermic reaction. This same principle applies to other oxidation reactions. Since oxygen generally bonds with chemicals that have low-energy bonds, the oxygen bond is the higher energy bond, creating an exothermic reaction because heat must be released in order for the oxidation to occur.
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