Hi, I need some assistance understanding how to approach the following questions,
a) Oxidation numbers for each.
b) Which atom is being reduced and why.
c) Which atom is being oxidized and why.
d) Which molecule/ion is the reducing agent and why.
e) Which molecule/ion is the oxidizing agent and why.
To assign oxidation numbers you need to know a few rules about the system.
- Hydrogen is always plus 1 (except when bonded to a group 1 or 2 metal)
- Oxygen is always -2, (except when bonded to fluorine)
- Most halides are always -1
- Group 1 metals are always +1
- Group 2 metals are always +2
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