# Chemistry Class 11 NCERT Solutions: Chapter 8 Redox Reactions Part 2

**Chemistry Class 11 NCERT Solutions Chapter 8 Redox Reactions Part 2**

Q: 2. What are the oxidation numbers of the underlined elements in each of the following and how do you rationalize your results?

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

Answer:

(A)

In the oxidation number (O.N.) of K is + 1. Hence, the average oxidation number of I is. However, O.N. cannot be fractional. Therefore, we will have to consider the structure of to find the oxidation states

In a molecule, an atom of iodine forms a coordinate covalent bond with an iodine

Molecule.

Hence, in a molecule, the O.N. of the two I atoms forming the molecule is 0, whereas the O.N. of the I atom forming the coordinate bond is –1.

(B)

Now,

However, O.N. cannot be fractional. Hence, S must be present in different oxidation states in the molecule.

The O.N. of two of the four S atoms is +5 and the O.N. of the other two S atoms is 0.

(C)

On taking the O.N. of O as –2, the O.N. of Fe is found to be. However, O.N. cannot be fractional.

Here, one of the three Fe atoms exhibits the O.N. of +2 and the other two Fe atoms exhibit the O.N. of +3.

(D)

Hence, the O.N. of C is -2.

(E)

However, 0 is average O.N. of C. The two carbon atoms present in this molecule are present in different environments. Hence, they cannot have the same oxidation number. Thus, C exhibits the oxidation states of and –2 in .