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An oxidation number is a positive or negative number assigned to an atom according to a set of rules. Redox reactions can be balanced by the use of oxidation numbers. A simple way to remember a monatomic ion’s oxidation number is to recall the number of electrons it gains or loses, which is based on its group number.

Following are the list of rules that determine how oxidation numbers are assigned.

1. The oxidation number of a monatomic ion is equal in magnitude and sign to its ionic charge. For example, sodium’s charge is +1, so its oxidation number is +1.

2. The oxidation number of hydrogen in a compound is +1, except in metal hydrides such as NaH, when it is -1.

3. The oxidation number of oxygen in a compound is -2, except in peroxides when it is -1.

4. The oxidation number of an atom in elemental form is 0.

5. For any neutral compound, the sum of the oxidation numbers must equal 0.

6. For a polyatomic ion, the sum of the oxidation numbers must equal the ionic charge of the ion.

Example: What is the oxidation state of sulfur in SO2?

Rule 5 says that the sum of oxidation numbers for neutral compounds must be 0. There are two oxygens, and oxygen has an oxidation number of -2, according to rule 3.

Therefore, sulfur should have an oxidation number of +4, because +4 + (2 * (-2)) = 0.

For the following quiz, please read each question carefully. Use the above summary and example to help you determine the answer. Select the best answer from the choices.

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Electrochemical reactions involve the transfer of electrons . Mass and charge are conserved when balancing these reactions, but you need to know which atoms are oxidized and which atoms are reduced during the reaction. Oxidation numbers are used to keep track of how many electrons are lost or gained by each atom. These oxidation numbers are assigned using the following rules.

Rules for Assigning Oxidation Numbers

  • The convention is that the cation is written first in a formula, followed by the anion . For example, in NaH, the H is H-; in HCl, the H is H+.
  • The oxidation number of a free element is always 0. The atoms in He and N 2 , for example, have oxidation numbers of 0.
  • The oxidation number of a monatomic ion equals the charge of the ion. For example, the oxidation number of Na + is +1; the oxidation number of N 3- is -3.
  • The usual oxidation number of hydrogen is +1. The oxidation number of hydrogen is -1 in compounds containing elements that are less ​ electronegative than hydrogen, as in CaH 2 .
  • The oxidation number of oxygen in compounds is usually -2. Exceptions include OF 2 because F is more electronegative than O, and BaO 2 , due to the structure of the peroxide ion, which is [O-O] 2- .
  • The oxidation number of a Group IA element in a compound is +1.
  • The oxidation number of a Group IIA element in a compound is +2.
  • The oxidation number of a Group VIIA element in a compound is -1, except when that element is combined with one having a higher electronegativity. The oxidation number of Cl is -1 in HCl, but the oxidation number of Cl is +1 in HOCl.
  • The sum of the oxidation numbers of all of the atoms in a neutral compound is 0.
  • The sum of the oxidation numbers in a polyatomic ion is equal to the charge of the ion. For example, the sum of the oxidation numbers for SO 4 2- is -2.
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Take this quiz after watching the video on assigning oxidation numbers to atoms in molecules and ions. Once this is done this will help you practice the rules. Oxidation numbers can be used to balance equations using oxidation number and ion electron method.

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1. Which of the following is a False statement?

2. Which substance is being oxidized in the following reaction? 2 HCl (aq) + Zn (s) → ZnCl 2(aq) + H 2(g)

3. What is the oxidation number of Cr in K 2 Cr 2 O 7 ?

4. What is the oxidation number of Cl in HClO2?

5. What is the oxidation number of Mn in MnO 4 –

6. What is the oxidation number of O in O 2 F 2

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Oxidation Number Questions

The oxidation number is a theoretical concept. It tells about the hypothetical charge of an atom if all of its bonds are ionic. It tells us about the extent of oxidation of an atom in a molecule. It can be either positive, negative or neutral.

The oxidation number is the charge that a central metal atom will have even after all the ligands have been removed from that atom.

Oxidation Number Chemistry Questions with Solutions

Q1. What is the oxidation number of sulfur in sulphuric acid (H 2 SO 4 )?

  • None of the above

Answer: (b), The oxidation number of sulphur in sulphuric acid (H 2 SO 4 ) is 6.

Calculation:

1 X 2 + x + 4 X – 2 = 0

2 + x – 8 = 0

So, option (b) is correct.

Q2. What is the oxidation number of chromium in calcium dichromate (CaCr 2 O 7 )?

Answer: (b), The oxidation number of chromium in calcium dichromate (CaCr 2 O 7 ) is 6.

2 + 2x + 7 X (- 2) = 0

2 + 2x – 14 = 0

Q3. What is the oxidation number of nitrogen in nitric acid (HNO 3 )?

Answer: (b), The oxidation number of nitrogen in nitric acid (HNO 3 ) is 5.

1 + x + 3 X ( -2) = 0

1 + x – 6 = 0

x – 5 = 0

Q4. Which of the following statements between HClO 4 and HClO 3 is true?

  • The oxidation number of chlorine in HClO 4 has been decreased in HClO 3
  • The oxidation numbers for all atoms are the same in both molecules
  • The oxidation number for chlorine in HClO 4 has increased in HClO 3
  • The oxidation number of oxygen in HClO 4 has been decreased in HClO 3

Answer: (a), The oxidation number of chlorine in HClO 4 has been decreased in HClO 3 is true.

Explanation: To understand it better, foremost we will calculate the oxidation number of HClO 4 and HClO 3.

The oxidation number of chlorine in HClO 4 will be:

1 + x + 4 X ( -2) = 0

1 + x – 8 = 0

x – 7 = 0

The oxidation number of chlorine in HClO 3 will be:

Thus, we can clearly see that oxidation number in HClO 4 has been decreased in HClO 3. So option (a) is correct.

Q5. What is the oxidation number of carbon in CH 2 Cl 2 ?

  • None of the above.

Answer: (d), The oxidation number of carbon in CH 2 Cl 2 is zero.

x + 2 X 1 + 2 X ( -1) = 0

x + 2 – 2 = 0

The oxidation number of carbon in CH 2 Cl 2 is zero.

So, option (d) is correct.

Q6. Chlorine is in +1 oxidation number in

Answer: (d), Chlorine is in +1 oxidation number in Cl 2 O.

Explanation: To understand it better, foremost we will calculate the oxidation number of HCl, HClO 4 , ICl and Cl 2 O.

The oxidation number of chlorine in HCl will be:

The oxidation number of chlorine in ICl will be:

The oxidation number of chlorine in Cl 2 O will be:

2x + ( -2) = 0

Thus, chlorine is in +1 oxidation number in Cl 2 O.

Q7. When K 2 Cr 2 O 7 is converted to K 2 CrO 4 , the change in the oxidation number of chromium is

Answer: (a), When K 2 Cr 2 O 7 is converted to K 2 CrO 4 , the change in the oxidation number of chromium is zero.

Explanation: To understand it better, foremost we will calculate the oxidation of K 2 Cr 2 O 7 and K 2 CrO 4 .

The oxidation number of chromium in K 2 Cr 2 O 7 is:

2 X 1 + 2x + 7 X ( -2) = 0

2x – 12 = 0

The oxidation number of chromium in K 2 CrO 4 is:

2 X 1 + x + 4 X ( -2) = 0

x – 6 = 0

Thus, the oxidation number of chromium does not change when K 2 Cr 2 O 7 is converted to K 2 CrO 4 .

So, option (a) is correct.

Q8. What is the oxidation number of chlorine in HOCl?

Answer: (a), The oxidation number of chlorine in HOCl is 1.

The oxidation number of chlorine in HOCl will be:

1 + ( -2) + x = 0

The oxidation number of chlorine in HOCl is one.

Q9. Oxidation number of oxygen in O 2 molecule is

Answer: (a), Oxidation number of oxygen in O 2 molecule is zero.

Q10. The process in which oxidation number increases is known as

Answer: (a), The process in which oxidation number increases is known as oxidation.

Q11. Which element in the given compounds has the highest oxidation number?

  • Sulphur in SO 3
  • Carbon in CO 2
  • Aluminum in AlCl 3
  • Sulphur in CaS

Answer: (a) Sulphur in SO 3 will have the highest oxidation number.

Explanation: To understand it better, foremost we will calculate the oxidation number of SO 3 , CO 2 , AlCl 3 and CaS.

The oxidation number of sulphur in SO 3 is

x + 3 X (- 2) = 0

The oxidation number of carbon in CO 2 is

x + 2 X (- 2) = 0

x – 4 = 0

The oxidation number of aluminum in AlCl 3 is

x + 3 X (- 1) = 0

x – 3 = 0

The oxidation number of sulphur in CaS is

x = – 2

Thus, the oxidation number of sulphur in SO 3 is highest.

Q12. Name an element that always shows a negative oxidation number.

Answer: Fluorine always shows a negative ( -1) oxidation number.

Q13. What is the oxidation state?

Answer: The oxidation state is the number of electrons that a specific atom can gain, lose or share with another atom. It explains the degree of oxidation of an atom in a molecule.

Q14. What is the oxidation number?

Answer: The oxidation number is the charge that a central metal atom will have even after all the ligands have been removed from that atom.

Q15. What are the rules for finding oxidation numbers?

Rules for finding the oxidation number:

Rule 1: An atom has a zero oxidation number in its elemental form.

Example: The oxidation number of chlorine in the Cl 2 molecule is zero.

Rule 2: The oxidation number of an ion is equivalent to its charge.

Example: The charge of chlorine ion is -1, so the oxidation number of chlorine ion will be -1.

Rule 3: The oxidation number of alkali metals is +1 , and alkaline earth metal is +2 .

Example: The oxidation number of sodium is +1, while the oxidation number of calcium is +2.

Rule 4: Hydrogen has two probable oxidation numbers, i.e. +1 and -1 .

Example: The oxidation number of hydrogen in NaH is -1, while the oxidation number in HCl is +1.

Rule 5: Oxygen has three probable oxidation numbers: +2, -2 and -1.

Example: The oxidation number of oxygen in H 2 O is -2, while the oxidation number in OF 2 is +2. In contrast, the oxidation number of oxygen is -1 in H 2 O 2 .

Rule 6: The oxidation number of fluorine in any compound is -1.

Example: The oxidation number of fluorine in HF is -1.

Rule 7: The oxidation number of halogen is typically equal to -1 except when bonded with oxygen or fluorine atom.

Example: The oxidation number of chlorine in HCl is -1, while the oxidation number of chlorine in HClO 4 is +7.

Rule 8: The sum of the oxidation numbers of neutral compounds equals zero .

Example: The oxidation number of chlorine is -1 in HCl, while the oxidation number of hydrogen is +1, and their sum is equal to zero.

Practise Questions on Oxidation Number

Q1. Fluorine always shows a -1 oxidation number. Why?

Q2. Differentiate between oxidation state and oxidation number.

Q3. What is the oxidation number of chlorine in the perchlorate ion?

Q4. What is the oxidation number of carbon in carbon suboxide (C 3 O 2 )?

Q5. When Chlorine gas reacts with hot and concentrated sodium hydroxide solution, the oxidation number of chlorine changes from

  • Zero to -1 and Zero to +3
  • Zero to +1 and Zero to -3
  • Zero to +1 and Zero to -5
  • Zero to -1 and Zero to +5

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