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Electronegativity vs electrochemical series

  1. May 17, 2013 #1
    Carbon is higher in the electrochemical series than hydrogen, which indicates it is more electropositive, but Pauling values show carbon as more electronegative - 2.55 vs 2.2!!?

    Any reason / explanation for the apparent contradiction? Tried looking for an Eo value for C (should be more negative then -0.76V) but no joy ...

    Come to that, Li is less reactive than K, but has a greater Eo ...

    Thanks in advance for any replies
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  3. May 22, 2013 #2


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    This is comparing apples and oranges. There exist some slight correlation, but these are separate scales.
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