Simple oxidation state

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how to calculate , oxidation state of polyatomic ions like " acetate"

C2H3O2

2(4)-3-4= +1 ?

how do we know when carbon or hydrogen are sharing x electrons
 

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how to calculate , oxidation state of polyatomic ions like " acetate"
Of which element ?
 
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Borek
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Oxidation number is not property of an element, but of an atom.

Especially in organic molecules this can be quite tricky.
 
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Oxidation number is not property of an element, but of an atom.

Especially in organic molecules this can be quite tricky.
True. I messed it up, no excuses :(.
 

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