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Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:00 pm
Why is oxidation called that? Is there a specific reasoning that the loss of electrons is called oxidation (is it related to oxygen)?
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:04 pm
this is what i found: https://socratic.org/questions/why-is-l ... -oxidation
it had to do with what they thought in the early days of chemistry
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:06 pm
I don't think we need to know why it's called oxidation besides that it means the losing of electrons
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:18 pm
Its kinda of a process that was evolved from a more basic concept (kind of like the definition of Lewis Acids and /bases, going from giving or receiving H+ or OH- to a more broad one.) Similarly, the definition of oxidation was originally the addition of oxygen to a compound or the removal of Hydrogen, and reduction was addition of hydrogen or removal of oxygen. With time as the concepts got more evolved the definitions changed to loss or gain of electrons but the names remained the same.
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:30 pm
It is helpful to to think of it in terms of charges, when something is reduced it's charge is "reduced" to a lower number and if it is oxidized it looses electrons