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Question 10

The compound AgF2 is an unstable compound. However, if formed, the compound acts as a very strong oxidizing agent. Why?

Answer

The oxidation state of Ag in AgF2 is +2. But, +2 is an unstable oxidation state of Ag. Therefore, whenever AgF2 is formed, silver readily accepts an electron to form Ag+. This helps to bring the oxidation state of Ag down from +2 to a more stable state of +1. As a result, AgF2 acts as a very strong oxidizing agent.

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