# What is the oxidation numbers of (a) N in #NH_4^+#?

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Mar 12, 2018

#### Answer:

Well, as usual, the oxidation number of

#### Explanation:

And the sum of the individual oxidation numbers is equal to the charge on the ion...

And so

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Mar 12, 2018

#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

We have the ammonium ion,

As you can see from the formula, it has a

Since nitrogen is more electronegative than hydrogen, hydrogen will occupy a

Let

We got:

Treating them as normal numbers, we get

So, nitrogen would have a