Problem: Which polyatomic ion contains the greatest number of oxygen atoms?(1) acetate (2) carbonate (3) hydroxide(4) peroxide

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We're being asked to identify the polyatomic ion that contains the greatest number of oxygen atoms.

Recall that polyatomic ions are groups of multiple elements that possess a charge.


Let's determine the formula of each polyatomic ion given:

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Which polyatomic ion contains the greatest number of oxygen atoms?

(1) acetate 

(2) carbonate 

(3) hydroxide

(4) peroxide

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