oxidation state

Asked by  | 1st Jun, 2009, 09:17: PM

Expert Answer:

Generally in a group oxidation state remains the same.(oxidation state refers to the charge which appears on an atom in a molecule when all other bonded atoms are removed as ions). eg. all members of group 1 exhibit +1 oxidation state. But in certain groups members exhibit variable oxidation states as well. eg.members of B family exhibit +1 as well as +3 oxidation states. As we go down the group lower oxidation state becomes more stable due to inert pair effect.

Answered by  | 4th Jun, 2009, 03:47: PM

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