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For this question I am supposed to give the oxidative state of [Co (NH3)5 Cl] Cl. My question is, when trying to find the oxidative state, do we have to look at everything that has a charge, whether it is inside or outside? For example, do I take into account the Cl outside of the brackets or not?
Yeah! So basically, since this is a coordination compound and coordination compounds have a neutral charge, you need to use information both inside and outside of the brackets in order to ensure that the overall charge of the compound in zero! Since Cl has a -1 charge, make sure that the overall charge of what is contained within the brackets, [Co (NH3)5 Cl], is +1 to result in an overall charge of the compound equal to 0! Hope this helps :)
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