Problem: The diagram below represents a molecular view of a process occurring at an electrode in a voltaic cell.Does the process represent oxidation or reduction?

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Recall the mnemonics LEO GER.

Lose               Gain

Electron         Electrons

Oxidation       Reduction


Oxidation half-reaction: lost electrons (electrons are on the product side)

  • oxidation → anode

Reduction half-reaction: gained electrons (electrons are on the reactant side)

  • reduction → cathode
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The diagram below represents a molecular view of a process occurring at an electrode in a voltaic cell.
A diagram shows a dense block of spheres.  Two spheres leave the dense block.

Does the process represent oxidation or reduction?

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