# Which of the following is the strongest oxidizing agent?

Which of the following is the strongest oxidizing agent?

A) $$\ce{I2}$$

B) $$\ce{Ag^2+}$$

C) $$\ce{Cu^2+}$$

The answer is apparently B) but I think it has to be A) because it is the only non-metal which actually wants to lose electrons. I just wanted to confirm whether it’s an incorrect solution or my own understanding is wrong.

• Have you checked the electrode potential tables? – M. Farooq Nov 25 '20 at 3:11
• A compound wanting to lose electrons is a reducing, not oxidating agent. BTW, are you aware of any Ag(II) salt that is used as commonly as I2 or CuSO4 ? – Poutnik Nov 25 '20 at 7:41
• chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Analytical_Chemistry/… – Hal Nov 25 '20 at 17:18