To identify the false statement:
Recall the mnemonic for redox reactions:
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.
Recall that if:
• ΔG < 0 or ΔG = (–); the reaction is spontaneous
• ΔG = 0; the reaction is at equilibrium
• ΔG > 0 or ΔG = (+); the reaction is non-spontaneous
Step 1: Oxidation Numbers
Consider the following reaction and select the false statement below.
NaI + 3HOCl → NaIO3 + 3HCl
A. HOCl is the oxidizing agent
B. Cl is reduced
C. NaI is the reducing agent
D. If ΔG° for the reaction is < 0, then NaI is a stronger reducing agent than HCl
E. If ΔG° for the reaction is < 0, then NaIO3 is a stronger oxidizing agent than HOCl
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