Oxidation number question

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The problem is:

Find the oxidation number of each element in the compound: Pb(O)2

I said oxidation number of Pb = x, O = -1 since this is a peroxide, therefore oxidation number of Pb is plus 2. However, the solution manual says O is -2 and thus Pb is 2.

But elsewhere, for the problem BaO2, they say the oxidation number of O is -1 and Ba is +2.

I'm confused.

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Borek
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PbO2 is not a peroxide.
 
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epenguin
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Not clear whether it is the manual or you who is saying Pb in PbO2 is +2 but now hopefully not.

I have a vague recollection that lead dioxide did sometimes get improperly and misleadingly called "lead peroxide",
probably before chemical nomenclature was formalised and the name still hangs around.
 
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James Pelezo
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Borek is 100% right, it ain't a peroxide ... Hint: Oxy = -2, Calculate oxidation state of Pb.
 

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