What is the oxidation number with respect to nitrogen in nitric acid, #HNO_3#?
For nearly every compound (except superoxides such as
In most all cases,
Our only option left is (c) (or none of these options), let's take a look:
Therefore, the only element remaining,
Well, the weighted sum of the oxidation numbers ALWAYS equals the charge on the starting species...........
Oxygen is typically
And we remember our definition of oxidation numbers. Oxidation number is the charge left on the atom of interest when all the bonding pairs of electrons are broken, with the charge going to the MOST electronegative atom.
What are the oxidation numbers of