Can oxidation or reduction take place alone? Why or why not? What are such reactions called?


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No, oxidation cannot take place without reduction and vice versa because oxidation involves the loss of electrons while reduction is the process which describes the gaining of electrons.  The two processes work in harmony with each other because, as the electrons leave a material through oxidation, they move into another material through reduction.

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