Assigning oxidation number to carbon atom

Assigning oxidation number to carbon atom - Assign a zero...

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We can assign oxidation states to the carbons in various environments by noting that C is more electronegative than H while it is less electronegative than most other atoms including O, N, or halides (F, Cl, Br, I). The following rules allow us to assign the oxidation state for carbon by adding the bond contributions
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Unformatted text preview: : Assign a zero for each bond to another C atom. Assign a -1 for each bond to an H atom. Assign a +1 for each bond to an O, N or halogen atom. Add the bond contributions to obtain the oxidation state of the carbon atom. Remember that the double bond in the carbonyl group ( C=O ) counts as two C-O bonds...
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course CHM CHM140 taught by Professor Krish during the Spring '09 term at University of Toronto.

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