Problem: In the reaction of calcium with chlorine, which atom is oxidized?a. calciumb. chlorinec. bothd. neither

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To determine which element is reduced or oxidized, we must identify their possible changes in their oxidation states.

Remember the mnemonics:

Loss                Gain
Electrons         Electrons
Oxidation         Reduction


The rules for oxidation states are as follows:

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In the reaction of calcium with chlorine, which atom is oxidized?

a. calcium

b. chlorine

c. both

d. neither

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