Problem: What are the oxidation numbers of 2Cl - and Cl2?

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We’re being asked to determine the oxidation state or number in Cl(chlorine ion) and Cl2 (chlorine gas).


The rules for oxidation states are as follows:

A. General Rules:

1. For an atom in its elemental form (Zn, Cl2, C(graphite), etc.)    O.S. = 0


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What are the oxidation numbers of 2Cl - and Cl2?