Question: Classify each reaction as oxidation, reduction, or neither.
Oxidation reactions are characterized by the gain of electrons.
To determine if an oxidation reaction occurs in a given reaction, the bonds attached to the carbon atoms in the reactants and products are compared.
The relative number of bonds that must be compared is C-Z (where Z is an atom that is more electronegative than the carbon atom) and C-H bonds.
Oxidation reactions are identified
Reduction reactions are characterized by the gain of electrons.
To determine if a reduction reaction is occurring in a given reaction, the relative number of C-Z and C-H bonds attached to the carbon atoms in the reactants and products are compared.
Reduction reactions are identified
Loss of one C-Z and one C-H bond
Question: Three components of the sex pheromone of the female sand bee (Ophrys sphegodes) are saturated hydrocarbons containing 23, 25, and 27 carbon atoms. How many H atoms does each of these alkanes contain? Interestingly, the early spider orchid emits a similar hydrocarbon mixture to attract male sand bees to pollinate its flowers.
Question: Consider the substituted cyclohexane shown in the ball-and-stick model.
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