What charge is 2Cl?

Asked by Archer Webster

The chemical symbol 2Cl? means that you have 2 moles of Cl? ion. For an ion, the oxidation state is the charge. Since one chloride ion has a charge of -1, then that would be its oxidation state. The overall oxidation state of the 2 moles Cl? ion is, therefore, -2 (as 2 moles multiplied by the charge -1).

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