Can you assign the sulfur oxidation states in #"sulfate ion,"# #SO_4^(2-)#, and #"sulfite ion,"# #SO_3^(2-)#?

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Nov 8, 2016

Answer:

Well, yes...between #"sulfate"#, #SO_4^(2-)#, and #"sulfite"#, #SO_3^(2-)#, ions......?

Explanation:

.......These differ by oxidation state. #SO_4^(2-)# exhibits a #S(+VI)# oxidation state. #SO_3^(2-)# exhibits a #S(+IV)# oxidation state. Of course, you can see the difference in the number of oxygen atoms of each species.

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