Nearly every compound of silicon has this element in the +4 oxidation state. In contrast, most compounds of lead have this element in the +2 oxidation state. a) What general trend of the oxidation states does this observation illustrate? b) What could you suggest as an explanation for this observation?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 5:08 pm ad1c9bdddf
(a). The general trend of the oxidation states indicate that for group 4A elements, the +4 oxidaton state can exist for all elements, but it may not necessarily be the most stable. Silicon is stable at +4 and is covalent. Lead can exist with an oxidation ...