Problem: Which of the halogens in Table 20.1 is the strongest oxidizing agent?A) I2B) F2C) Br2D) Cl2E) All of the halogens have equal strength as oxidizing agents.

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We’re being asked to determine which halogen is the strongest oxidizing agent

Recall the mnemonics LEO GER.

Loss Electrons → Oxidation → Reducing Agent
Gain Electrons → Reduction → Oxidizing Agent

This means the element that gains electrons/reduced is the oxidizing agent while the element that loses electrons/oxidized is the reducing agent.


The strongest oxidizing agent would be the element that would be easily reduced or easily gains an electron:

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Which of the halogens in Table 20.1 is the strongest oxidizing agent?

A) I2

B) F2

C) Br2

D) Cl2

E) All of the halogens have equal strength as oxidizing agents.



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