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. Why must the number of electrons lost in the oxidation equal the number of electrons gained in the reduction? Is it possible to have “leftover” electrons in a reaction?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The reason why the numbers of electrons lost in the oxidation are equal to the number of electrons gained in the reduction and whether it is possible or not to have “leftover” electrons in a reaction should be determined.

Concept Introduction:

The oxidation and reduction are defined by the loss and addition of electrons. The loss of electrons results in oxidation whereas addition of electrons results in reduction. The oxidation and reduction process are complementary to each other.

Explanation

It is impossible to have free electrons that are not part of some atoms, molecules, or ions under ordinary conditions. The oxidation and reduction are defined by the loss and addition of electrons. The loss of electrons results in oxidation whereas addition of electrons results in reduction...

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