Reducing and oxidizing agents

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Hi. I have this problem ive been trying for a week and i still cant figure it out:

1. A reacts spontaneously with 1 mol/l BNO3, 1 mol/L D(N03)2 and dilute sulfuric acid. A does not react with 1 mol/L C(N03)2.
2. B does not react spontaneously with any of the the 1 mol/L solutions aove or with dilute sulfuric acid.
3. C reacts spontaneously with dilute sulfuric acid and with 1 mol/L solutions of all the other metallic salts.
4. D reacts spontaneously with 1 mol?L BN03. It does not react with dilute sulfuric acid.

a) Use these observations and arrange the following five reduction half-cell reactions in order, the one with the largest positive reduction potential listed first.

A(2+) + 2e- -> A(s)
B(+) + e- -> B(s)
C(2+) + 2e- -> C(s)
D(2+) + 2e- -> D(s)
2H(+) + 2e- -> H2(g)

b) Which metal is the best reducing agent?

c) Which ion is the best oxidizing agent?

Ok so i do know that Hydrogen will be zero, but i dont know how the reactivity relates to the reduction potentials? I am so lost for this question! Any ideas would be really appreciated:)
 

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It would be nice if u can post your opinion or answer for this question....
 
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a) Use these observations and arrange the following five reduction half-cell reactions in order, the one with the largest positive reduction potential listed first.

A(2+) + 2e- -> A(s)
B(+) + e- -> B(s)
C(2+) + 2e- -> C(s)
D(2+) + 2e- -> D(s)
2H(+) + 2e- -> H2(g)

b) Which metal is the best reducing agent?

c) Which ion is the best oxidizing agent?

i'm stuck on this and i really would appreciate it if anyone can help me out.. please and thank you
 
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Apparently, I'm not the only one having trouble with this question.

Here is my take on it.

B does not react with any of the others so it is the strongest reducing agent (loses electrons)
A is above B, D and H2 but not C.
C reacts with everything so it is the weakest reduction agent (strongest oxidating agent).
D is above B but not H2

Largest positive reduction potential means that it has a higher tendency to gain electrons from new species (ie. oxidize them).

Therefore, the order is: C, A, H2, D, B

B is the best reducing agent

C is the best oxidizing agent

I am just kind of feeling my way through this question. Can someone please confirm whether I am correct or have it backwards? Thank you
 
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stuck on the same problem but i got


a) bdca
b)a
c) b

is this right???

can anyone help me

thanks
 
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Explain how you arrived at your solution.
 

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