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What is the oxidation number of the cetral metal in the complex K2[OsCl5N]?

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Oxidation number of potassium =+1
Oxidation number of chlorine =1
Oxidation number of N = -3
Let oxidation number of Os=x
2(+1)+x+5(1)+(3)=0
2+x53=0
2+x8=0
x6=0
x=+6
Hence oxidation number of Os in given complex is +6.


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