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Wed August 08, 2012 By: Chandana

oxidation number of prosphorous

Expert Reply
Thu August 09, 2012
Mg has oxidation state = +2 and O has oxidation state = -2 and suppose P has oxidation state x.

So, ( 2x2 ) + 2x + ( 7 x -2) = 0
4 + 2x - 14 = 0
2x = 10
x = +5 (oxidation stateof P)
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