My first post here.. please excuse my limited chemistry knowledge.
My understanding of oxidation and reduction in organic chemistry is as follows:
- Gain of electron
- Gain of Hydrogen
- Loss of Oxygen
- Loss of = or triple bond
- Loss of electron
- Loss of Hydrogen
- Gain of Oxygen
- Gain of = or triple bond.
Now... is this correct?
If so, then why do we consider the formation of Maleic Acid from Fumaric Acid (in the Kreb's cycle) as a Hydration and not a Reduction reaction? considering that we indeed gain H and lose a double bond?
We also gain an Oxygen (in the -OH) bond formed... doesn't that make it oxidation?
What's the best way to explain Oxidation and Reduction reactions in Organic Chemistry?
Thanks in advance guys!