chemistry  Please help
posted by Sushmitha .
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 ___.

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. 
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. 
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.
Respond to this Question
Similar Questions

Chemistry
I am having trouble balancing this equation: Ca(OH){subscript 2} + (NH{subscript 4}){subscript 2} SO{subscript 4} > CaSO{subscript 4} + NH{subscript 3} + H{subscript 2} O Please help, thanks. 
Chemistry
Here's one last equation I can't balance: Al{subscript 2}(SO{subscript 4}){subscript 3} + ZnCl{subscript 2} > AlCl{subscript 3} + ZnSO{subscript 4} Please help, and thanks again. 
CHEMISTRY
I am having trouble balancing this equation: Ca(OH){subscript 2} + (NH{subscript 4}){subscript 2} SO{subscript 4} > CaSO{subscript 4} + NH{subscript 3} + H{subscript 2} O Please help, thanks. Response Ca(OH)2 + (NH4)2SO4 > … 
CHEMISTRY
Here's one last equation I can't balance: Al{subscript 2}(SO{subscript 4}){subscript 3} + ZnCl{subscript 2} > AlCl{subscript 3} + ZnSO{subscript 4} Please help, and thanks again. Response Al2(SO4)3 + 3ZnCl2 > 2AlCl3 + ? 
CHEMISTRY
Here's one last equation I can't balance: Al{subscript 2}(SO{subscript 4}){subscript 3} + ZnCl{subscript 2} > AlCl{subscript 3} + ZnSO{subscript 4} Please help, and thanks again. Responses Al2(SO4)3 + 3ZnCl2 > 2AlCl3 + ? 
physics
A particle of mass m starts from x subscript o = 0 m with V subscript o > 0 m/s. The particle experiences the variable force F subscript x = F subscript o sin (cx) as it moves to the right along the xaxis, where F subscript o and … 
physics
A particle of mass m starts from x subscript o = 0 m with V subscript o > 0 m/s. The particle experiences the variable force F subscript x = F subscript o sin (cx) as it moves to the right along the xaxis, where F subscript o and … 
Chemistry
Calculate the amount (g) of each of the following salts that need to be added to a 200 mL volumetric flask to produce a 2 M solution of S. CaSO(subscript 4) [NH(subscript 4)subscript 2]SO(subscript 4) NOTE: the subscript 2 is outside … 
science
How many grams of water, H(subscript 2)O, and propene, C(subscript 3)H(subscript 6), can be formed from the reaction of 6.0 g of 2propanol, C(subscript 3)H(subscript 8)O? 
Math Proof
Prove that for all integers n > or = 1 and all real numbers x subscript 1, x subscript 2,...., x subscript n. absolute value of (x subscript 1+ x subscript 2+...+ x subscript n) <or= abs(x subscript 1) + abs( x subscript 2)+..+ …