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  1. Oxygen Compounds

    Inorganic compounds that contain oxygen as an integral part of the molecule.


  1. Compounds of oxygen

    The oxidation state of oxygen is −2 in almost all known compounds of oxygen. The oxidation state −1 is found in a few compounds such as peroxides. Compounds containing oxygen in other oxidation states are very uncommon: −¹⁄₂, −¹⁄₃, 0, +¹⁄₂, +1, and +2. Oxygen is reactive and will form oxides with all other elements except the noble gases helium, neon, argon, and krypton. Oxygen reacts with the rarest element plutonium; the human synthesized elements: technetium, promethium, neptunium, americium, curium, berkelium, californium, and einsteinium; and also with the least reactive elements: xenon, gold, and platinum.


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