Posted by **Sushmitha** on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:42am.

In the redox reaction:

2FeS + 4.5 O(subscript 2)+ 2H(subscript 2)O > Fe(subscript 2)O(subscript 3) +

2H(subscript 2)SO(subscript 4)

Fe is oxidized or reduced (select one) from ___ to ___.

S is oxidized or reduced (select one) from ___ to ___.

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**DrBob222**, Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2:56pm
You only need to know the definitions.

Oxidation is the loss of electrons; reduction is the gain of electrons.

To do loss and gain of electrons you use the oxidation states. Fe is +2 in FeS and +3 in Fe2O3. S is -2 in FeS and +6 in H2SO4.

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**Sushmitha**, Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:26pm
DrBob222,

I understand that oxidation is a loss, but appears as an increase. I still have two questions.

1) Fe goes from +2 to +3, and S goes from -2 to +6. They both appear to be oxidized because they increased.

Please explain.

2)I think my problem is that I don't understand how you got the +2, +3, -2 and +6. I have looked at problems on the internet and see how they are oxidized or reduced when they write the numbers in the answers. I can follow that, but I don't see how they get the numbers in the first place. Please help me.

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**Sushmitha**, Monday, January 21, 2013 at 12:33am
Dr. Bob222,

Ok, I'm starting to see how to get the oxidation numbers. However, since S goes from -2 to+6, does it also oxidize?

is it possible that both can oxidize? I thought one oxidized while the other reduced.

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