Oxidation

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Phi Phi Do 2E
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Oxidation

Postby Phi Phi Do 2E » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:03 pm

What is the concept behind the oxidation number?

Nickolas Manipud 1C
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Re: Oxidation

Postby Nickolas Manipud 1C » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:11 pm

The oxidation number is the charge of an atom or molecule.

If it loses, for example, three electrons, the oxidation number becomes 3+. If it gains 3 electrons, the oxidation number becomes 3-.

Sarah Wax 1G
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Re: Oxidation

Postby Sarah Wax 1G » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:38 pm

I agree with the above responder. Basically, an oxidation number is the charge of an element within a certain compound. For example, in H2O, Hydrogen's oxidation number is +1 and Oxygen's is -2.

Miguel Velasco 2J
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Re: Oxidation

Postby Miguel Velasco 2J » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:37 pm

Exactly, charges within a compound have oxidation numbers that contribute to the overall state of the compound.

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Re: Oxidation

Postby 604807557 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:58 pm

Yeah^^simply put, the oxidation number shows you the charge

William Xu Dis 1D
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Re: Oxidation

Postby William Xu Dis 1D » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:41 pm

Oxidation number is called "oxidation number" because it describes the degree of oxidation (the loss of electrons) of an atom IN a chemical compound. It describes it through the hypothetical (because it assumes all other atoms in the compound are fully ionic) charge the atom would have in the compound.


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