Oxidation Numbers

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Kimberly 1H
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Oxidation Numbers

Postby Kimberly 1H » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:59 pm

What are some exceptions/special rules we should memorize for the oxidation numbers of molecules in order to balance the redox reactions?

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Re: Oxidation Numbers

Postby Meigan Wu 2E » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:30 am

The oxidation number of oxygen (O) is 2-, except in H2O2 (O2 = 2-) and O2 (O2 = 2-), where O is -1.

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Re: Oxidation Numbers

Postby Meigan Wu 2E » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:36 am

The oxidation number of hydrogen is +1 except when bonded to metals in binary compounds, which is when hydrogen would have an oxidation number of -1.


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