- Apr 13, 2012
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I got tihs question right originally, but noticed something while reviewing my exam. In H2O2, O is -1, while in H2O, O is -2. So isn't it possible that H2O2 could be the oxidizing agent. I know O2 has a 0 oxidation state, but why do we assume it's going from -1 to 0 (in O2) and not -1 to -2 (in H2O)?