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Writing oxidation numbers for transition metals

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:19 am
by Anne Cam 3A
When writing oxidation numbers for transition metals, do we write them with the sign first? For instance, if cobalt has an oxidation number of 3, would we write it as 3+ or +3? Is there any difference between the two?

Re: Writing oxidation numbers for transition metals

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:29 am
by Kajal Patel 3J
Yes, if the question asks for oxidation number then you write it as either +3 or -3, I think either is fine.

Re: Writing oxidation numbers for transition metals

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:12 pm
by chemgal4L
I think the correct way to write oxidation number is to have the + or - before the number, so +3 rather than 3+