Explain the average Oxidation state of iron in Fe3O4

Fe3O4 is basically a mixture of Fe2O3and FeO.

In Fe2O3, the two Fe atom has 3 oxidation state.


x = +3

In FeO, Fe has 2 oxidation state.

X−2 = 0

x = 2

Average oxidation state of Fe = 8/3

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