If a Molecule Is Reduced Does It Gain or Lose Energy?

The three main components of each atom are protons, neutrons, and electrons.
The three main components of each atom are protons, neutrons, and electrons. MARK GARLICK, Getty Images

Question: If a Molecule Is Reduced Does It Gain or Lose Energy?

Answer: Reduction occurs when a molecule gains an electron or decreases its oxidation state. When a molecule is reduced, it gains energy.

Does an Oxidized Molecule Gain or Lose Energy?

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "If a Molecule Is Reduced Does It Gain or Lose Energy?" ThoughtCo, Feb. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/reduced-molecule-gain-or-lose-energy-608910. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, February 13). If a Molecule Is Reduced Does It Gain or Lose Energy? Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/reduced-molecule-gain-or-lose-energy-608910 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "If a Molecule Is Reduced Does It Gain or Lose Energy?" ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/reduced-molecule-gain-or-lose-energy-608910 (accessed November 21, 2017).