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The oxidation number of Fe in Fe3O4 is fractional. Why?
Asked by Topperlearning User | 15 Apr, 2015, 02:41: PM
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Fe3O4 contains Fe atoms of both +2 and +3 oxidation number. It is a stoichiometric mixture of Ferrous (FeO) and Ferric (Fe2O3) oxides combined  as FeO.Fe2O3. Therefore, the oxidation number found in such cases is average oxidation number.

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