# What is the oxidation number of N in NCl3?

##### 2 Answers

It is + 3

#### Explanation:

Step by step;

- 1) Evaluate the oxidation number for other elements/element; In

this case#Cl#

2) Set up an equation;

We find that the total charge on the compound is 0 ie. it is neutral

So use this formula;

*charge* on the compound

*Where c represents charge or oxidation number .n represents the number of atoms of that species present in the given compound*

**Disclaimer ; Charge and oxidation number are not exactly one another.But for sake of simplicity using them as one another**

3) solve the equation

The oxidation number of N in the compound

#### Explanation:

The sum of oxidation numbers in a neutral compound must equal zero.

The oxidation number of group 17/VIIA elements is usually