What is the oxidation state of nitrogen in hydroxylamine?
The oxidation number of
By definition, the oxidation number of any atom in a molecule, is the charge left on that atom, when all the bonding pairs of electrons are conceptually broken, with the charge going to the most electronegative atom. Break a
The sum of the individual oxidation numbers must equal the charge on the molecule or the ion. Here, we have a neutral molecule. So
Can you hazard a guess (or a reasoned answer) as to the formal oxidation numbers of nitrogen in ammonia,