Interpretation: The oxidation state of silicon in the silicate anion is to be predicted.
Concept introduction: is a rare blue mineral benitoite. The silicon and oxygen present in it forms a six-membered ring in the silicate anion,. The oxidation state of oxide ion is equal to . The oxidation state of silicate ion in this anion can be calculated.
Silicon belongs to group of the periodic table and the highest oxidation number is equal to the group number which is equal to four.
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