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Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Oxidation reactions

  • In an oxidation reaction, one organic compound is oxidised, usually by an inorganic reagent. 
  • This means that the organic compound can either lose hydrogen or gain oxygen
  • Usually the oxygen atoms produced by an oxidising agent are shown using the symbol [O]

Example: Oxidation of ethanol using a mixture of sulfuric acid and potassium dichromate (VI) [O]

  • It is important to use [O] to indicate an oxidation agent rather than O2 as that would have indicated that molecular oxygen was used