What are the elemental oxidation numbers in sodium chloride?

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May 17, 2017

Answer:

For elemental ions, the oxidation number of the ion is the same as its electric charge..........

Explanation:

And thus we get oxidation numbers of #+I# and #-I#, for sodium ion and chloride ion respectively. Note that the original synthesis of #NaCl# is certainly a redox equation:

#stackrel(0)Na(s) + 1/2stackrel(0)Cl_2rarrstackrel(+I)Na^(+)stackrel(-I)Cl^(-)(s)#