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Postby Maria1E » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:43 pm

Volta discovered that when he used different metals in his "pile", some combinations had a stronger effect than others. From that information he constructed an electromotive series. How would Volta have ordered the following metals, if he put the most strongly reducing metal first: Fe, Ag, Au, Zn, Cu, Ni, Co, Al?

Can someone please explain how we figure out which metals are most strongly reducing? Thank you!

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Postby Lena Nguyen 2H » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:20 pm

In Appendix 2B, the half-reactions are listed from most strongly oxidizing to most strongly reducing, so half-reactions at the bottom of the right-hand side are the most strongly reducing. From there, the metals can be ordered by most strongly reducing.

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