A question about sulfur oxide!

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A question about sulfur oxide!
« on: 31/03/2003 04:39:21 »
In an assignment I have to do for chemistry, one of the pieces of information I was given was that sulfur oxide is SO2, i thought that was curious because no. 14 was SiO2, yet all the others along the line are different. The total valence of the two oxygens is -4 and the sulfur is -2 .... how can that make a compound? I thought it had to ultimately equal zero to remain as a compound. Why is it like this?
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Re: A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2003 04:38:15 »
They only have to add up to zero if bonded Ionically, but in a Covalent bond the atoms share electrons to fill their outermost valence electron shell.
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Re: A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #2 on: 24/04/2003 12:35:45 »
aaaah, now the world makes sense! What happens in a covalent bond?
 

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Re: A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #3 on: 24/04/2003 12:38:36 »
oh wait you just said it oops
 

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Re: A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #4 on: 25/04/2003 00:59:25 »
Whew!  Glad I didn't have to answer anything because I remember very little on the subject[:I].  

It was my son who answered the question[:D].
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Re: A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #5 on: 25/04/2003 08:29:59 »
Oh ... how old is he? :p
 

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Re: A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #6 on: 25/04/2003 19:56:48 »
16  Why do you ask?
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Re: A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #7 on: 26/04/2003 06:15:33 »
oh ... just wondering :p
 

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A question about sulfur oxide!
« Reply #8 on: 20/09/2007 15:10:24 »
In an assignment I have to do for chemistry, one of the pieces of information I was given was that sulfur oxide is SO2, i thought that was curious because no. 14 was SiO2, yet all the others along the line are different. The total valence of the two oxygens is -4 and the sulfur is -2 .... how can that make a compound? I thought it had to ultimately equal zero to remain as a compound. Why is it like this?
I know, I'm a bit late in answering this post!
Anyway, the oxidation number of oxygen is -2 and that of sulfur is +4 in SO2; -2*2 + 4 = 0.