In the following reaction is C reduced? #2C + O_2 -> 2CO#
Carbon is formally
And oxygen is formally
And we could assign oxidation numbers..........
Carbon can also undergo complete oxidation to
As always, the oxidation number is the charge left on the central atom, when all its bonds are broken, with the charge assigned to the most electronegative atom. Capisce?
As is usual, elements are assigned an oxidation number of