Problem: Rank these species by their ability to act as an oxidizing agent. Al3+, Ag+, Zn2+, Ni2+

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The strongest oxidizing agent. Oxidizing agents are the species that are being reduced in a redox reaction. Recall the mnemonics LEO GER.

Lose               Gain

Electron         Electrons

Oxidation       Reduction

The strongest oxidizing agent would be the element that would be easily reduced or most likely to gain an electron.


Smaller (↓) E° → oxidation → weaker oxidizing agent

Larger (↑) E° → reduction → stronger oxidizing agent


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Rank these species by their ability to act as an oxidizing agent. Al3+, Ag+, Zn2+, Ni2+

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