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Oxidation state is a concept, which assigns hypothetical charges to atoms in compounds. This tag should be applied to questions which relate to that concept or to oxidation states in atoms of compounds.

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Oxidation state of chlorine in ClO

Today, I had a friendly debate with my friend on what should be the oxidation state of $\ce {Cl}$ in the chlorine monoxide radical. I took the view that it should be $\ce {+2}$ while he took the view ...
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Interaction between vinegar-patinad' aluminum, alcohol-based ink, and boilling water [closed]

Hi so the scenario is as such. I have a small piece of aluminum jewelry. I thoroughly cleaned and sanded the piece to a shine then let it oxidize for x hours. Next I polished the surface with white ...
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Oxidation states

I read that $\ce{Mn^3+}$ and $\ce{Co^3+}$ are very powerful oxidizing agent as seen from reduction potential. For $\ce{Mn^3+}$, I believe it is due to stability of $\ce{Mn^2+}$ ($\mathrm{d^5}$ ...
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Why do disproportionation reactions take place?

I want to know what are the conditions when disproportionation reaction is feasible. Is it just because of stability factors or it has other dimensions to it. As an example: $$\ce{3HNO2 -> HNO3 + ...
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How to assign oxidation number of sulfur in thiocyanate anion?

Recently I was trying to balance a redox chemical equation: $$\ce{CuSCN + KIO3 + HCl <=> CuSO4 + KCl + HCN + ICl + H2O}$$ The equation is in principle simple to solve; one element ($\ce{I}$) ...
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Clearing my doubt over Electronegativity and oxidation state

I was doing a question in which we were required to find the oxidation state of $\ce{H3PO3}$. I knew the structure that is: Now, Phosphorus being less electronegative than oxygen get $+2,+1,+1$ ...
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Question About Reversible Reactions and Batteries

So my book says that the batteries we have considered so far( Daniell cells) are low life span, because they reach equilibrium too fast. In the next paragraph, it says they are also made by ...
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How can batteries reach equilibrium if the reactions are irreversible?

My book says that the batteries we have considered so far (Daniell cells) have a low life span because they reach equilibrium too quickly. In the next paragraph, it states they are also made by ...
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How is the triferric tetroxide of iron possible?

If oxygen has a valency of $-2$, $4$ of it would result in $-8$. But iron doesn't have a (variable) valency of anything that goes to $-8$. Then how is $\ce{Fe3O4}$ possible?
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The oxidation state of iodine in iodoxybenzoic acid

I am slightly puzzled by this seemingly trivial question. The idea behind assigning oxidation states is simply to treat every single bond made by the atoms as ionic bonds. That is to say, both the ...
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Why is this reaction not a redox? [closed]

My question may seem too simple. But I couldn't find why this is not a redox. $$\ce{Hg2(NO3)2 + 2KBr -> Hg2Br2 + 2KNO3}$$ In $\ce{Hg2(NO3)2}$ compound atoms have following states: O: -2 N: -3 Hg:...
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How to calculate valence factor (n-factor) for a element?

Suppose I am given some reaction in which $$\ce{C6H12O6 -> CO2}$$ and I want to calculate n-factor for this reaction to ultimately calculate equivalent weight of carbon for this reaction. Since $$...
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Oxidation states of boron

I have just been looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oxidation_states_of_the_elements and found that boron has a -5 oxidation state. I would like to know which boron compounds form ...
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Are there chemicals that absorb and release upon heating oxygen more efficiently than potassium oxide? [closed]

$\ce{K2O}$ absorbs oxygen forming $\ce{K2O2},$ which decomposes to $\ce{K2O}$ and $\ce{O2}$ at 500 °C. This means that $\ce{K2O}$ can absorb up to 17% its mass of oxygen. Are there other substances ...
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Do different oxidation states of the same element have the same emission spectrum?

I looked at the flames of copper (I) chloride and of copper (II) chloride through a spectroscope and they looked the same. The flame colour is the same too. But since they have different oxidation ...
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Balancing the chemical equation using Oxidation Number Method [closed]

Permanganate ion reacts with bromide ion in basic medium to give manganese dioxide and bromate ion. Write the balanced ionic equation for the reaction. Please balance the equation using the oxidation ...
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Materials used in cooktop heating element, and reason for black appearance

I have been interested in the structure of heating elements/coils used in cooktops. I am referring to something such as in the following picture: I have a cooktop at home with such elements, and at ...
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Cup with vinegar/salt/copper solution previously in it ran through dishwasher

Someone enjoys making jewelry, and saw an online tutorial saying that you can mix equal parts of vinegar and salt, and leave copper in it for a while to oxidize it, and turn it green. After doing ...
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Why do we need to use oxidation number in order to balance a complex chemical reaction easily in an acidic or alkaline medium? [closed]

I have been trying to balance this chemical reaction in an "acidic" medium without using oxidation number or ion electron method: [$\ce{Fe^2+ + Cr2O7^2- -> Cr^3+ + Fe^3+}$]. Though I can balance ...
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Is it possible to synthesize permanganate electrochemically?

I have been researching the production of peroxy acids and other strong oxidizers. I was wondering if it's possible to produce permanganic acid if I were to cast an anode containing Manganese Dioxide ...
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What is the oxidation state of Mn in HMn(CO)5?

What is the oxidation state of $\ce{Mn}$ in $\ce{HMn(CO)5}$? If $\ce{H}$ has an oxidation state of $+1$, then $\ce{Mn}$ should have oxidation state of $-1$, which I'm not sure is possible. On the ...
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Which of the following reactions doesn't represent an oxidation-reduction [closed]

Which of the following reactions doesn't represent an oxidation-reduction? $$ \begin{align*} \ce{2 P + 5 HClO + 3 H2O &-> 2 H3PO4 + 5 HCl} \\ \ce{Zn + 2 HCl &-> ZnCl2 + H2}...
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How to determine an oxidation number of an atom in the compound, that has at least two elements, which are not hydrogen or oxygen?

Wiki says: [Oxidation state] is defined as the charge an atom might be imagined to have when electrons are counted according to an agreed-upon set of rules: The oxidation state of a free ...
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Structure and oxidation state of bridging complexes

I am confused about the structure of bridging complexes with the bridging ligands as $\ce{OH-}$ or $\ce{NH2-}.$ Aren't they both monodentate ligands? And if they form a simple coordinate bond, then ...
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Would cerium(III) in solution be oxidized to cerium(IV) in ESI mass spectroscopy?

During ESI (assuming positive ion mode for now), we apply a strong voltage ($1.0{-}\pu{5.0 kV}$) to induce ionization. Therefore, it is common to see oxidation of metal ions (e.g. $\ce{Cu^{+I} -> ...
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What happens to the carbon in carbon steel when it rusts?

Carbon steel is iron containing some carbon in various forms of iron carbide. When it rusts (oxidises), the iron becomes part of all kinds of crystalline and amorphous iron oxides and hydroxides, ...
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Amphoterism and the Metal and Non-Metal Oxides/Hydroxides. Why does amphoterism occur in these? [closed]

I am having trouble understanding why Beryllium Oxide and Aluminum Oxide are amphoteric. Also, while they are not oxides, Aluminum and Beryllium Chloride as well. Most of the things I have been ...
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Does fluorine in FNO3 have +1 oxidation number?

According to my textbook and also Wikipedia, fluorine nitrate is a compound which can be created (though it is unstable). Also my textbook says that fluorine has a $+1$ oxidation state. But how is $+1$...
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Oxidation state of fluorine in HOF

What should be the oxidation state of $\ce{F}$ in $\ce{HOF}$. As fluorine is the most electronegative element in the periodic table, it should be $-1$. But when I googled it, I found that many ...
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What should be the oxidation state of oxygen in HOF (hypofluorous acid)?

What should be the oxidation state of oxygen in $\ce{HOF}$ (hypofluorous acid)? Sources on the internet have confused me. Most state its oxidation state to be 0, while the others state that it is -2 (...
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Electronegativity Considerations in Assigning Oxidation States

I have never seen anything other than a set of rules like these when textbooks present how to assign oxidation numbers. Such as these: However, if we keep in mind that oxidation numbers are simply ...
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Why is there visible liquid (possibly water) on matches when they're burning?

I was just burning a normal standard match and I observed visible liquid running down the wooden shaft as the fire burns and consumes it, what could explain such phenomenon ? could it be that the wood ...
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Can lead(II) oxidize tin metal in aqueous solution?

According to my textbook, element $\ce{X}$ can oxidize element $\ce{Y}$ if $\ce{X}$ was lower in the activity series. Lead is lower than Tin in the activity series table in the textbook, but the ...
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What is the physical meaning of fractional oxidation numbers of elements in compound

Many times I encounter oxidation numbers like -1 in the peroxide for oxygen, -1/2 in superoxide, and in some other compounds some elements have 8/3 or such like that...what is the physical meaning of ...
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Are there processes of electric discharge to oxide As(III) into As(V)? [closed]

I want to know if there were any known experiment of electric discharge to oxyde the ion arsenic(III) into the ion arsenic(V).
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Does cold bluing steel prevent rust?

I've recently purchased a Damascus knife and am patiently awaiting it's arrival in the mail. I have been researching the potential care and maintenance habits for this craftsman blade, hoping to keep ...
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Oxidising nature of hydrogen peroxide [closed]

It is said that $\ce {H2O2}$ behaves like a reducing agent in an external oxidizing environment but along with $\ce {H2SO4}$ a strong oxidizing agent it oxidizes $\ce {FeSO4}$ to $\ce {Fe2(SO4)3}$ in ...
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Determine the oxidation number of sulfur in SF6

I've just started learning about redox chemistry and oxidation numbers. I can work out most of the oxidation number questions, but I don't know how to determine the oxidation number of sulfur in $\ce{...
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Nitrate reaction with iron minerals

I am trying to find literature or an answer to what happens to nitrate as it comes in contact with iron oxides. Does the nitrate get reduced to ammonium in all cases of iron(II/III) oxides? What is ...
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How to calculate the oxidation number of sulfur in H2SO5?

I am in class 11th and I am having trouble solving the question. Calculate the oxidation number of sulphur in $\ce{H2SO5}$? (The answer is given as as $+6$.) $\ce{H2SO5}$ exists it is named as "...
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Pale blue species forming during electrolysis of NaHCO3

I have a solution of 3500 ml $\ce{H2O}$ + 454 g $\ce{NaHCO3}$ in electrolysis at a potential of 12.5V using a lead anode and copper cathode. The surface areas aren't measured but they are enormous. I ...
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Reference for electronegativities of different metal oxidation states

A long time ago I was researching the effect of the self regulatory response in Fe and Co. I found that my results made sense based on the idea of the electronegativity of the ions considered. I found ...
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Possible ionization and fragmentation of chemicals

Is there any generic method where I can know/calculate/generate the possible ionization and fragmentation of a specific chemical, for example, hydrogen chloride and water? This question is actually ...
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Unusual oxidation numbers for alkaline earth metals?

Are there compound of alkaline earth elements showing unusual oxidation numbers? For the sake of the question, every oxidation number different from +2 counts as unusual, most exciting would be ...
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Are there known compounds of caesium with oxidation number >1?

Given that the left neighbor of caesium, xenon, does have fluorides and oxides, it is not inconceivable that caesium can have oxides or fluorides with an oxidation number higher than 1. Are such ...
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Why does carbon monoxide have a greater affinity for hemoglobin than oxygen?

Hemoglobin is an iron-containing oxygen transport metalloprotein in the red blood cells of most mammals. Simply put, it's a carrier protein. Interestingly it doesn't carry carbon dioxide in the same ...
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Unusual oxidation states of alkali metals

When going through list of oxidation states on Wikipedia I encounterd there that sodium, potassium, rubidium and caesium exhibit oxidation states of -1, but not lithium, even though its ...
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How to find oxidation state of Co and Cr in [Co(NH₃)₄(NO₂)₂][Cr(NH₃)₃(NO₂)₃]?

Which of the following options represents the oxidation state of $\ce{Co}$ and $\ce{Cr}$ in the given complex? $$\ce{[Co(NH3)4(NO2)2][Cr(NH3)3(NO2)3]}$$ (A) $2, 3$ (B) $3, 2$ (C) $3, 3$ ...
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Finding the n-factor of C₂O₄²⁻

In the reaction $\ce{C2O4^2- → CO2}$ the $n$-factor of $\ce{C2O4^2-}$ is: So I think the answer to this question is $2$ because in $\ce{C2O4^2-}$ the oxidation number of carbon is $+3$ and in $\ce{...
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Negative oxidation state

Why doesn’t aluminum have negative oxidation states? In almost all compounds of aluminum which I know of has positive oxidation state. It has valence EC [Ne] 3s2 3p1 , my teacher told it usually ...