Oxidation and What to do When it is Giving You Grief

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What is Oxidation?

Oxidation, according to the the english dictionary, is the process in which something is oxidizing or is becoming oxidized (i.e. rusting, tarnishing, etc.). A good example of this would be a metallic substance like iron becoming an orange color called rust. This happens over time if if the object is used in the elements. Many things can become oxidized, this is a natural process for many different types of materials (mainly metals). Oxidation occurs most of the time in tandem with a process called reduction. Reduction is the process of gaining one or more electrons. In oxidation reduction, also known as a redox reaction, one atom or compound will steal an electron from another atom or compound. For example, rust happens when oxygen atoms steal electrons from iron.

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