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Consider the dichloropropane molecule, C3H6Cl2. Despite being a molecular compound, oxidation states can be assigned to the elements in butane. 

+1Calculate the oxidation state of the carbon atoms. The oxidation state of the Cl atoms is at a value of -1 here. Show your work. Also fill in the oxidation state of the H atoms.

I have:

C3H6Cl2
Carbon 4x+6*1=0
4x+6=0
-6 -6
-1.5
4x = -6 , x=-6/4
/4 /4
­­­x= -3/2 or -1.5
Oxidation state of c= -1.5
For H = 1+

Is this correct? Also what is strange about the oxidation state of carbon in dichloropropane?

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  1. C3H6Cl2
    I would do it this way. Cl = 2*-1 = 2-
    H = 6*+1 = 6+
    3C + 6 + (-2) = 0
    3C = -4
    C = -4/3 each

    C =

    C = -4/3

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