Oxidation Number


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Solene Poulhazan
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Oxidation Number

Postby Solene Poulhazan » Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:36 pm

I'm a little unclear about oxidation numbers. How do I calculate them and how does knowing this help describe coordination compounds?

Salena Chowdri 1I
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Re: Oxidation Number

Postby Salena Chowdri 1I » Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:26 pm

The oxidation number of a free element is always 0. The oxidation number of a monatomic ion equals the charge of the ion.

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Re: Oxidation Number

Postby Ignacio Ramirez 1J » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:47 pm

The oxidation number of a free element is always 0. The oxidation number of a monatomic ion equals the charge of the ion. The oxidation number of a Group 1 element in a compound is +1. The oxidation number of a Group 2 element in a compound is +2. The sum of the oxidation numbers of all of the atoms in a neutral compound is 0. The sum of the oxidation numbers in a polyatomic ion is equal to the charge of the ion. Oxidation state shows the total number of electrons which have been removed from an element (a positive oxidation state) or added to an element (a negative oxidation state) to get to its present state.

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Re: Oxidation Number

Postby Jessica Lancisi - 1I » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:01 pm

Do oxidation numbers apply to covalently bonded atoms as well? Or just ionic

yazminedesan1F
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Re: Oxidation Number

Postby yazminedesan1F » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:34 pm

How do you find the oxidation number of a metal?

Jared Pagal 1J
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Re: Oxidation Number

Postby Jared Pagal 1J » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:37 pm

yazminedesan1F wrote:How do you find the oxidation number of a metal?

Metal ion + (number of ligands bound * charge of ligand) = overall charge of coordination compound. Hope this helps!


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