Redox reactions occur as one element loses electrons and another element gains those electrons. Suppose instead that protons and neutrons were gained and lost in a redox reaction. In your initial post to the discussion, answer the following questions:How might this affect the products that are made?Do you think these types of reactions are even possible? Explain why or why not.

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Redox reactions occur as one element loses electrons and another element gains those electrons. Suppose instead that protons and neutrons were gained and lost in a redox reaction. In your initial post to the discussion, answer the following questions:

  1. How might this affect the products that are made?
  2. Do you think these types of reactions are even possible? Explain why or why not.
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Step 1

The ratio (n/p) which is also known as the ratio of neutrons to protons is a successful method of predicting the stability of the nucleus of an atom. This ratio is closer to 1 for the atoms of elements having low atomic numbers. This ratio is known to increase readily as the atomic number increases.

Step 2

The term binding energy or the nuclear binding energy can be defined as the energy which is required to split a nucleus of the given atom into its component parts which are protons and neutrons.

Step 3

If the neutrons and protons were gained or lost during a given redox reaction, then this will definitely affect the stability of the products as the n/p ratio which is required for a sta...

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