Consider the partial oxidation of ethane as shown in the following reaction:
C2H6(g) + O2(g) → 2CO(g) + 3H2(g)
First, write dot structures for C2H6, O2, CO, and H2.
Was ethane really oxidized in this reaction? Assign oxidation numbers.
Was C2H6 oxidized? __________ If so, did oxidation occur at C or H or both?
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