Why is the oxidation state of Oxygen in hydroxide -2?
Doesn't hydrogen only have one electron?
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Last edited by princejan7; 24-09-2010 at 12:03.
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Because the overall charge of an OH ion is -1, so the oxidation states have to add up to make that number. Hydrogen is +1, so oxygen has to be -2