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. Oxidation can be defined as a loss of electrons or as an increase in oxidation state. Explain why the two definitions mean the same thing, and give an example to support your explanation.

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Interpretation:

The reason should be identified for the same meaning of given two definition of oxidation and explain with example.

Oxidation can be defined as the loss of electrons or as an increase in oxidation state.

Concept Introduction:

The chemical reaction in which both oxidation and reduction process takes place is known as redox reaction. In this reaction, transfer of electrons takes place among the elements.

Oxidation is the process in which either loss of electrons, oxidation number increases, or loss of hydrogen atoms takes place. An element is oxidized, when oxidation number increases.

Explanation

The given two definitions are:

Oxidation can be defined as the loss of electrons or as an increase in oxidation state.

We know that, electrons are negative in charge, when an atom losses electrons, it lose one negative charge for each electrons lost. Thus, increase in oxidation number takes place.

Hence, when the oxidation state or number of an atom or an element increases, implies loss of electrons takes place...

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