## Cell Diagram/Ecell

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jlinwashington1B
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### Cell Diagram/Ecell

how do we determine which is the anode and which is the cathode?

2c_britneyly
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

If you're told the cell does work, cell potential should always be positive. You flip the reduction half reactions and go with whatever gives you the higher voltage.
However, if you're not told the cell does work and given a cell diagram, the anode (the species being oxidized) is on the left, and the cathode (the speicies being reduced) is on the right.
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ChathuriGunasekera1D
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

The anode is the one that gets oxidized (loses electrons) and the cathode is the one that gets reduced (gains electrons)

David Sarkissian 1K
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

Is there a difference between what is being oxidized/reduced and the oxidizing/reducing agent? I always get confused when I see one or the other in problems. In actuality do oxidizing agents get reduced and reducing agents get oxidized?

Jayasuriya Senthilvelan 4I
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

Anode side is the one that gets oxidized. Cathode side is the one that gets reduced. In a galvanic cell, the E nought cell should be positive, so flip your half reactions such that the sum of the E values gives you a positive value. If both flipped combinations of the reactions give you a positive E nought cell, then the one with the higher E is the correct one.

Mark 1D
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

cathode gains electrons(reduction) whilst the anode loses electrons (oxidation)

jocelyntzeng
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

anode is oxidation and it is on the left whereas cathode is reduction and it is on the right

Ryan Troutman 4L
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

From what everyone else has said, there's a few different tricks to remember which has which such as
RedCat (Reduction - Cathode)
and
AnOx (Oxidization - Anode)

Niveda_B_3I
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### Re: Cell Diagram/Ecell

The anode is oxidized, loses electrons.
The cathode is reduced, gains electrons.