Chemistry

Which elements have the greatest tendency to act as reducing agents?

metals

nonmetals

noble gases

halogens

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  1. Oxidation is loss of electrons; therefore, these are reducing agents.
    For example, Zn ==> Zn^2+ + 2e so these (metals) would be reducing agents.

    non metals, like Cl2.
    Cl2 + 2e ==> 2Cl^- so these are oxidizing agents.

    Noble gases very reactive at all.

    See Cl2 for halogens.

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