The reduction potentials (E), will tell us which entity is likely to be reduced or oxidized
Recall that as E increases (more positive), the more likely reduction occurs
According to the E given, X2+ will appear to be reduced
Consider these two entries from a fictional table of standard reduction potentials.
X2+ + 2e- → X(s) E = 1.70 V
Y2+ + 2e- → Y(s) E = 0.14 V
Which pair of species would react under standard conditions?
A) X 2+ and Y
B) X 2+ and Y 2+
C) X and Y
D) X and Y 2+
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