# In the reaction Mg(s) + 2H_2O(l) -> Mg(OH)_2(s) + H_2(g), what is the oxidation state of Mg in Mg(s)?

Mar 26, 2016

Zero

#### Explanation:

In uncombined or elemental state oxidation No is Zero as there occurs no permanent gain or loss of electron between the atoms having same electro-negativity.

Mar 27, 2016