   Chapter 18, Problem 7ALQ

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Textbook Problem

# You are told that metal A is a better reducing agent than metal B. What, if anything, can be said about A+ and B+? Explain.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The reducing character of metal A more than metal B is given. The nature of A+ and B+ has to be stated.

Concept introduction:

The metal A which has higher reduction potential undergoes reduction and thus oxidizes the other species, while the metal B with the lower value of reduction potential undergoes oxidation and thus reduces the other species.

To determine: The character of the species A+ and B+ formed from the metal A and metal B .

Explanation

As metal A is better reducing agent, it means that the reduction potential value for metal A is lower than that of metal B . Therefore the species formed after metal A undergoes oxidation acts as an oxidizing agent as the values for reduction potential will reverse. On the other hand, B+ formed has lower oxidizing power than the A+ .

Metal A is a better reducing agent means that it has more tendency to undergo oxidation reduction and therefore, the reduction potential of metal is lower than the metal B

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