Unformatted text preview: oxygen. The overall oxidation state is therefore +3. Oxidation states refer to atoms rather than the entire molecule. The oxidation state can change, but the overall molecule is still neutral. Why is this? Because other atoms in the molecule must have been reduced the same amount that carbon was oxidized....
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