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Wed September 21, 2011 By:

dear sir in the video on oxidation number in the rapid fire round, why do you say the oxidation number of carbon is zero in ch2cl2.

Expert Reply
Fri September 23, 2011
Chlorine is the most electronegative element and so it gets its standard charge of -1 for each Chlorine atom.
both Hydrogen atoms are given an oxidation number of +1.
In order to tally to zero, we MUST assign Carbon the oxidation number of 0. Therefore we can confidently state that after following the oxidation number rules, Carbon has an oxidation number of 0 in this compound.
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