Quick way to determine oxidation number?

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Alexandra Watts 3L
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Quick way to determine oxidation number?

Postby Alexandra Watts 3L » Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:45 pm

What's everyone's fastest way of determining the oxidation number?

Jeannie_Kim_1I
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Re: Quick way to determine oxidation number?

Postby Jeannie_Kim_1I » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:48 pm

You look at the formal charges. For example, in [Cr(edta)]-1 the oxidation number for chromium is +3 because the formal charge of edta is -4 and the overall charge is -1, so +3-4=-1.


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