Question

What is the charge of O 2 ?Β 

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Answer
Dioxygen gas, , the stuff we are breathing now...is NEUTRAL.....
Explanation :
Oxygen can form oxides upon REDUCTION........
...and since oxygen is a powerful oxidant this reaction is facile. On the other hand, we could form peroxides....i.e. salts ofΒ ....where each oxygen atom is associated with 9 electrons rather than 8...

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