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Ch.1 - Intro to General Chemistry
Ch.2 - Atoms & Elements
Ch.3 - Chemical Reactions
BONUS: Lab Techniques and Procedures
BONUS: Mathematical Operations and Functions
Ch.4 - Chemical Quantities & Aqueous Reactions
Ch.5 - Gases
Ch.6 - Thermochemistry
Ch.7 - Quantum Mechanics
Ch.8 - Periodic Properties of the Elements
Ch.9 - Bonding & Molecular Structure
Ch.10 - Molecular Shapes & Valence Bond Theory
Ch.11 - Liquids, Solids & Intermolecular Forces
Ch.12 - Solutions
Ch.13 - Chemical Kinetics
Ch.14 - Chemical Equilibrium
Ch.15 - Acid and Base Equilibrium
Ch.16 - Aqueous Equilibrium
Ch. 17 - Chemical Thermodynamics
Ch.18 - Electrochemistry
Ch.19 - Nuclear Chemistry
Ch.20 - Organic Chemistry
Ch.22 - Chemistry of the Nonmetals
Ch.23 - Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds

Solution: Which statement best describes the difference between the charge of a polyatomic ion and the oxidation states of its constituent atoms? (For example, the charge of NO3– is 1-, and the oxidation states

Problem

Which statement best describes the difference between the charge of a polyatomic ion and the oxidation states of its constituent atoms? (For example, the charge of NO3 is 1-, and the oxidation states of its atoms are +5 for the nitrogen atom and -2 for each oxygen atom.)
(a) The charge of a polyatomic ion is a property of the entire ion, while the oxidation states are assigned to each individual atom.
(b) The oxidation state of the ion is the same as its charge.
(c) The charge of a polyatomic ion is not a real physical property, while the oxidation states of atoms are actual physical properties.