Writing oxidation numbers for transition metals

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Anne Cam 3A
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Writing oxidation numbers for transition metals

Postby Anne Cam 3A » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:19 am

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?

Kajal Patel 3J
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Re: Writing oxidation numbers for transition metals

Postby Kajal Patel 3J » Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:29 am

Yes, if the question asks for oxidation number then you write it as either +3 or -3, I think either is fine.

chemgal4L
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Re: Writing oxidation numbers for transition metals

Postby chemgal4L » Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:12 pm

I think the correct way to write oxidation number is to have the + or - before the number, so +3 rather than 3+


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