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Is it possible to have a reaction in which oxidation occurs and reduction does not? Explain and defend your answer.

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This solution explains whether or not it is possible for an oxidation reaction to occur without a reduction reaction.

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In an oxidation reaction, electrons are lost. In a reduction reaction, electrons are gained. These two reactions need to be combined in order for a reaction to occur. Both reactions are needed because the standard reduction potentials of these reactions will drive the reaction. For example, the reduction reaction of Cu+2 ...

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