# What is the oxidation number of iron in #FeO#?

##### 1 Answer

May 9, 2017

#### Answer:

+2

#### Explanation:

The total of the oxidation numbers in a stable compound is zero. The more electronegative element takes on its typical oxidation state, which in the case of oxygen is -2. Therefore to give a total of zero, the oxidation state of iron would be +2.