In a practice examination that I'm using to study for my upcoming midterm, one of the questions asks to choose three elements from a row of the periodic table and to give the order of the increasing oxidation half cell potential of the neutral element. Is it correct to assume that a more electronegative element would have the lowest half cell oxidation potential? Because it would be the most resistant to losing its electrons?

Would a correct sequence (highest oxidation half cell potential to lowest) be B, C, N because as the sequence goes from left to right it becomes increasingly electronegative and therefore less likely to be oxidized?

  • $\begingroup$ google.co.in/…: $\endgroup$ – Arishta Mar 3 '17 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ No, it's much more complicated, in general. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Mar 3 '17 at 23:46

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