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Oxidising and Reducing strengths within a group

  1. Jan 12, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What are the trends, if any, in oxidising and reducing strengths within a group of the periodic table




    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since oxidation is the loss of electrons and reduction is the opposite then, is it appropriate to say that the stronger the electronegativity of an element, then the stronger it's oxidising strength is?

    If so, why is lithium closer to the "strongest reductant" side of the electrochemical series than Na and K both of which have lower electronegativity than Li?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2012
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