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If oxidation state of elements oxygen and fluorine in OF​​​​​2 molecule is... -1 for fluorine and +2 for Oxygen... Then what is the oxidation state for the elements fluorine in an F​​​​​​2 molecule?


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Generally molecules will have a net charge of zero.

F2 contains two F atoms.
Let the oxidation state of F atom be x .

Molecule have met charge of zero.
Therefore,
2x=0
 x=0

So,oxidation state of F in F2 is zero.
 
Generally, oxidation state of an element in a a diatomic molecule is zero.
[Eg:O in O2, H in H2 etc]

 

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