# What is the chemical formula for lead (IV) oxide?

Jun 11, 2017

${\text{PbO}}_{2}$

#### Explanation:

This is also sometimes called lead dioxide.

The (IV) indicates that lead is in the $4 +$ oxidation state in this compound. Since oxygen almost always has an oxidation state of $2 -$, we use simple mathematics to yield a net oxidation state of $0$:

${\overbrace{\left(4\right)}}^{\text{Pb" + overbrace((x)(-2))^"O}} = 0$

x = color(red)(2

There is thus one lead atom and two oxygen atoms per compound of lead(IV) oxide.

"PbO"_(color(red)(2