Answer to Question #10670 in Inorganic Chemistry for Guest

Question #10670
What is the oxidation number for elements in group 14?
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Expert's answer
2012-06-08T11:15:01-0400
Group 14, or group IVA, contains C, Si, Ge, Sn and Pb. Carbon can every
oxidation number from -4 to +4, as can silicon. The most common oxidation states
of Ge, Sn and Pb are +2 and +4, Ge can also have +1 and +3, but these don't have
negative oxidation states since they are metals.

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