Reducing Power

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Ashish Verma 2I
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Reducing Power

Postby Ashish Verma 2I » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:00 am

Why is it that the lower the standard reduction potential, the higher the reducing power, and the higher the standard reduction potential, the stronger the oxidizing agent? I believe that is the trend, if I'm not mistaken and I have that committed to memory but I don't understand why that is the case conceptually and would appreciate an explanation so I better understand the concept.

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Re: Reducing Power

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:30 pm

The more positive the standard reduction potential the more favorable the reaction, and therefore is a strong oxidizing agent.

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Re: Reducing Power

Postby AdityaGuru1H » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:38 pm

and if you are looking for which is most likely to be oxidized it would be the one with the lowest E

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Re: Reducing Power

Postby lukezhang2C » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:56 pm

It is due to the fact that a stronger reduction power indicates higher electronegativity, which makes for a stronger oxidising agent. Stronger reduction power also corresponds with a higher E value, which also increases oxidising power.

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