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Oxidation States

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:13 am
by rachelle1K
How do I find the oxidation state of a molecule? Does it require drawing out the Lewis structure? Thanks!

Re: Oxidation States

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:54 am
by Robin Cadd 1D
Here's a video that will give you the basics on how to determine oxidation states/numbers. Hope this helps!
https://youtu.be/-a2ckxhfDjQ

Re: Oxidation States

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:19 am
by DMuth_1J
It has to do with fulfilling the octet and usually occurs in ionic compounds.

Re: Oxidation States

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:39 am
by Ariel Davydov 1C
Finding the oxidation state of an element can be accomplished through finding the charges of other molecules in the compound and subtracting them from the overall charge of the complex. Since the oxidation state (aka charge of the element) + the charges of the other compounds in the complex = the overall charge of the compounds, you can use the charges that are given in order to determine the charge of the metal/its oxidation state.