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Our world is a vast combination of building blocks called elements. These elements, when combined, form molecules. Molecules are what makes up all the matter around us, and all that exists in the vastness of the entire universe. The interaction of all these materials produces chemical reactions of various kinds. Some are constructive, some are destructive, but they all produce specific, and often necessary, results. One very common and easily visible chemical reaction is called oxidation.

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1. What is Oxidation?

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that involves the shift, or movement, of electrons from one substance into another. Whenever two different materials come in contact with each other, they often create a chemical interaction with each other, which can produce various results. Some combinations cause a reaction called oxidation. In this process, one material draws electrons from the other, causing a change in many of the chemical and physical characteristics of the materials.

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