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    What is the oxidation state of HClO / or HOCl and why?
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    Well oxygen is almost always -2 and hydrogen almost always +1, so in this case chlorine is +1. Compounds and all elements have to equal 0, so in this case you can use the elements that usually remain constant (oxygen and hydrogen) to work out the oxygen state of chlorine


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    +1 +? -2 = 0
    HClO

    So what is ?

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    (Original post by reeedo)
    Well oxygen is almost always -2 and hydrogen almost always +1, so in this case chlorine is +1. Compounds and all elements have to equal 0, so in this case you can use the elements that usually remain constant (oxygen and hydrogen) to work out the oxygen state of chlorine


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    ah thank you very much for the help
 
 
 
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