What is the oxidation numbers of HOF?

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    The valence structure is H-O-F.

    H is less electronegative than O, so you pretend the electrons in the H-O bond "belong" to O; H is +1.

    By similar reasoning, F is -1.

    You can work out the oxidation number of O, either by counting electrons, or by using the fact that adding up all the oxidation numbers of any chemical species has to give you the charge on that species, which in this case of course is 0.

    Over to you.

  • Mark R
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I don't think this exits but if it did it would be H+1, O2-, and F+1. Other halogens can be +1 like Cl in NaOCL (sodium hypochlorite, bleach). I do not believe Fluorine can adopt a +1 oxidation state!

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