What is the oxidation number of chlorine? Explain with examples.

Oxidation number means that the number of electrons either lost or gained by an atom of an element during compound formation. The oxidation number of chlorine are +1,+3,+5,+7 and -1. However for Chlorine gas, the oxidation number (Cl2) is zero. Chlorine will have different oxidation number in oxide forms.

In Cl2O oxidation no. of Cl is +1

In Cl2O3 oxidation no. of Cl is +3

In Cl2O7 oxidation no. of Cl is +7

In HCl oxidation no. of Cl is -1

In NaClO oxidation number of Cl is +1

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