Oxidation Number

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Oxidation Number

Postby 904564128 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:42 pm

I just wanted to double check that I was understanding how to find the oxidation number for an element correctly. So basically you add up all of the charges of the anions and then just give the metal the opposite charge to ensure that the entire compound has a charge of 0 (or whatever the overall charge of the compound is)?

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Re: Oxidation Number

Postby Julia Spaczai 2G » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:43 pm

Yes. When there's a different ligand outside of the coordination sphere, you also have to take the charge of that ligand into account when finding the oxidation number of the central metal atom.

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