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Oxidation numbers

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:17 am
by Nicholas Kull_3L
How do you find the oxidation number when you just have the molecular formula?

Re: Oxidation numbers

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:29 am
by Sydney To 1D
Here are some basic rules for assigning oxidation numbers:
-The cation is written first in a formula, followed by the anion.
-The oxidation number of a free element is always 0.
-The oxidation number of a monoatomic ion equals the charge of the ion.
-The usual oxidation number of hydrogen is +1. Except in metal hydrides is -1.
-The sum of the oxidation number of each atom in a compound equals the charge of that compound.