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What is the most common oxidation state for actinoids?


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Oxidation state:

  • "The oxidation state of an element in a compound ascertained according to a set of rules formulated on the basis that electron pair in a covalent bond belongs entirely to a more electronegative element."

Oxidation states of Actinoids:

  • Actinoids are metallic chemical elements with atomic numbers from 89 to 103.
  • Actinides exhibit larger oxidation states than lanthanides due to small gaps between subshells.
  • The most common oxidation state of actinoids is +3.

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