Question

In spite of having less electron affinity than chlorine, fluorine is the strongest oxidizing agent among the halogens. The most important reason for this phenomenon is :

A

lower bond dissociation energy of than

B

much lower heat of hydration of than

C

much greater heat of hydration of than

D

greater electronegativity of than

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Correct option is C)

In spite of having less electron affinity than chlorine, fluorine is the strongest oxidising agent among the halogens. The most important reason for this phenomenon is much greater heat of hydration of than which compensates for the lower electron affinity of than of . Hence, fluorine is the strongest oxidizing agent. 

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