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how is the strength of an element as a reducing agent related to the following factors?(in the description)

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Mon January 21, 2013
Reducing character of element in aqueous solutions increases with increase in hydration enthalpy.
Lower are ionization energy values, greater is the tendency to lose ns1 electron to change in M+ ion and therefore stronger is electropositive character.
Good reducing agents include the active metals, such as sodium, magnesium, aluminum, and zinc, which have relatively small ionization energies and low electro-negativities.
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