# Checking if it is a redox reaction

Ethanoic acid dissociates according to the following equation: $$\ce{CH3COOH + H2 O -> CH3COO- + H3O+}$$ I want to know if it is a redox reaction or not. In the ethanoic acid I obtained that the oxidation number of carbon in it is 0 by calculation, but it is (-2). What is the error in my answer?

• Redox involves movement of electrons. No electrons are moving in the dissociation reaction, only a proton is transferred. Draw the Lewis structures to see the bonds to the carbons. That should help you see the oxidation state better. – Shafter Aug 18 '15 at 18:01
• Isn't carbon oxidized? – user225430 Aug 18 '15 at 18:03
• No and I have no idea why you'd think so. – Mithoron Aug 18 '15 at 18:09
• Perhaps you could explain how you calculated the oxidation states. This would help us to answer your question better. – bon Aug 18 '15 at 18:17
• Self-answers are welcome on StackExchange! Just so you'd know. – M.A.R. Aug 18 '15 at 19:08