How can an element oxidize oxygen?
I was doing some random reading, and got into elements, and eventually to flourine.
I then noticed a notation: "Oxidizes oxygen."
I was rather intrigued, and amused.
My question is, how can an element oxidize oxygen? It sounds a bit like dividing by zero to me... :oD
- UmarLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Do remember that oxidation can be:
1. addition of oxygen
2. increase in oxidation number
3. removal of electron
Using the second case, we can say fluorine oxidises oxygen from oxidation state of zero to +2 in the following reaction:
O2 + 2F2 ----> 2OF2
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oxide = oxygen An oxide (pron.: /ˈɒksaɪd/) is a chemical compound that contains at least one oxygen atom and one other element in its chemical formula. Metal oxides typically contain an anion of oxygen in the oxidation state of −2. Most of the Earth's crust consists of solid oxides, the result of elements being oxidized by the oxygen in air or in water. Hydrocarbon combustion affords the two principal carbon oxides: carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Even materials considered pure elements often develop an oxide coating. For example, aluminium foil develops a thin skin of Al2O3 (called a passivation layer) that protects the foil from further corrosion. Different oxides of the same element are distinguished by Roman numerals denoting their oxidation number, e.g. iron(II) oxide versus iron(III) oxide.