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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.
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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