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Fe2+ --> Fe3+ + e
Substances or reactions having the capability to oxidise are said to be oxidative.
Formerly, oxidation simply meant the reaction of a material with oxygen, hence the name, however when the term is now used it is normally in the more general sense. Some common forms of oxidation are the tarnishing of silverware and the rusting of iron:
4Fe + 3O2 --> 2 Fe2O3.
Another example is the burning of hydrocarbons to produce water, carbon dioxide, some partially oxidized forms and heat energy. Complete oxidation of materials containing carbon produces carbon dioxide, which is linked to global warming because it absorbs certain wavelengths of infrared light.