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Answer to Question #33409 in Inorganic Chemistry for Shubham

Question #33409
What is the oxidation number of C or N in following compound:- HCN


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Nitrogen is the most electronegative, so its oxidation state is -3. Hydrogen is the most electropositive, therefore its oxidation state is +1. Marking the oxidation state of carbon as "x" we obtain the following equation: -3 + 1 + x = 0 => x = 2.

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