Assuming Oxidation Number

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Payton Kammerer 2B
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Assuming Oxidation Number

Postby Payton Kammerer 2B » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:32 pm

In high school, I was taught to always assume that oxygen has an oxidation number of -2 and that hydrogen has an oxidation number of +1. Is it safe for me to continue making that assumption in this course?

Nare Nazaryan 1F
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Re: Assuming Oxidation Number

Postby Nare Nazaryan 1F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:36 pm

I think it is fine to assume that. Some compounds with oxygen or hydrogen might make it so that the oxygen/hydrogen's oxidation state is different, but I don't think we will discuss it in this course (I'm not 100% sure though).

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