Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321809246
ISBN 13: 978-0-32180-924-7

Chapter 4 - Sections 4.1-4.9 - Exercises - Review Questions: 20

Answer

An oxidation state is a positive or negative whole number that represents the charge an atom in a compound would have if all shared electrons were assigned to the atom with a greater attraction for those electrons.

Work Step by Step

There is a set of rules (similar to the solubility rules) to follow in determining oxidation number. These are predicted by element type and characteristics.
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