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Can anyone explain how to know what the oxidation number is when naming a coordination compound? I think it has to do with the overall charge of the compound, but then how do you also know what the charge of the compound is?
The overall charge of the compound will be given outside of the bracket. From there, add the charges you already know within the compound (ex: OH has a -1 charge) and subtract from the total charge, which will leave you with the oxidation state of the transition metal.
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