how can oxidation numbers be in fraction. is it possible that transfer of 2 and a half electron take place.are we considering wave nature of electrons here.

Asked by anant | 18th Dec, 2012, 07:53: PM

Expert Answer:

The individual oxidation numbers of an element in a compound (which we find out through its structure) can never be a fraction. however the average oxidation number of an element in a compound can be a fraction. We find this out by summing the different oxidation no.s of the element and dividing it by the total no. of atoms of that element present in the compound.

Answered by  | 18th Dec, 2012, 08:02: PM

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