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The mental picture I usually use is that oxidation makes stuff positive, because it's named after oxygen which likes to steal electrons, as described above.

The number of positive charges associated with the oxidised atom in the covalent bond is then the oxidation level - i.e. the degree to which it's been oxidised.

And reduction is then simply a reduction of the oxidation level. Then both words suddenly make sense (to me, at least).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Mar 24th, 2008 at 11:38:16 AM EST
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