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Confused about oxidation number

  1. Jan 19, 2013 #1
    guys anyone can help me ?
    im bit confused when talkin about oxidation number in alkyl group
    like
    R-NO2
    or
    R-CN
    when this compound react with reducing agent like H2
    can somebody explain me? most example in book or internet doesnt use hydrocarbon reaction
    thank you :)
     
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  3. Jan 19, 2013 #2

    Borek

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    Oxidation number of what?
     
  4. Jan 19, 2013 #3
    oxidation number of R (alkyl) so its relate calculation with other
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2013
  5. Jan 20, 2013 #4

    Borek

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    Does it matter? It doesn't change during reduction of -NO2 or -CN.

    Please remember that oxidation numbers don't exist - there is no physical property that can be measured and used to determine the ON, they are just an artificial accounting device.
     
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