Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.
I don’t know why I even bothered with this Daily Prompt, seeing as the only books near me now are my chemistry textbooks. Well, let’s give it a shot now shall we?
There are a few things devised in the subject of chemistry that are used more for convenience and understanding rather than any significant implications. “This is the case with oxidation state (oxidation number), which is related to the number of electrons that an atom loses, gains, or otherwise appears to use in joining with other atoms in compounds.” In other words, oxidation states are used to help indicate which atoms have lost electrons (oxidation) and which ones have gained electrons (reduction) in a reaction, assuming that the reaction is 100% ionic (molecules are charged, and able to dissociate into their components completely).
A simple way to remember the difference between oxidation and reduction is to use the acronym “LEO says GER” where “LEO” means “Lose Electrons Oxidation”; and “GER” means “Gain Electrons Reduction”.
That’s all today folks. Now, let me go slap myself for giving that brief chemistry lesson to my readers… >__>