I have a homework question that asks:
Recognizing how oxidation and reduction occurs is essential for analyzing and understanding biochemical reactions. Which of the following methods would NOT be employed in transferring electrons in biochemical reactions?
a) As hydrogen ions (correct)
b) Through direct combination with oxygen
c) Directly as electrons
d)As hydride ions
My problem is that it doesn't say why hydrogen ions cannot transfer electrons, so I think I'm not understanding what it means by hydrogen ions. What if you have a hydrogen ion with 2 or 3 electrons? Why can't that be used to transfer electrons?