The **strengths of** **oxyacids** is based on the *number of oxygens* or the *electronegativity of the nonmetal* in the oxyacid. An oxyacid is *considered strong* when there are at least 2 or more O than H.

Given:

**H _{2}SO_{4} H_{2}SeO_{4} H_{2}TeO**

The three oxyacids given have an *equal number of oxygens*. We’ll rank their strength based on the ** electronegativity of the nonmetal** in each oxyacid.

List the following acids in order of increasing strength:

H_{2}SO_{4} H_{2}SeO_{4} H_{2}TeO_{4}

A) H_{2}SO_{4} < H_{2}SeO_{4} < H_{2}TeO_{4}

B) H_{2}SeO_{4} < H_{2}SO_{4} < H_{2}TeO_{4}

C) H_{2}SeO_{4} < H_{2}TeO_{4} < H_{2}SO_{4}

D) H_{2}TeO_{4} < H_{2}SeO_{4} < H_{2}SO_{4}

E) H_{2}SO_{4} < H_{2}TeO_{4} < H_{2}SeO_{4}

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