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Homework Help: Oxidized and Reduced reaction species

  1. Oct 12, 2011 #1
    I was given 2Na + 2H2O → 2NaOH + H2

    My only question here is whether the Na on the reactants side is 0 because it is alone? And is it the same thing for the H2 that is alone on the products side?

    So if were the case Na would oxidize and H would reduce?
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  3. Oct 12, 2011 #2
    The oxidation state of atoms in their elemental state is 0.
  4. Oct 13, 2011 #3


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    Yes, yes & yes.
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