Page 1 of 1

14.11 (d)

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:30 am
by Selena_Wong_1I
Write the half-reactions and the balanced equation for the cell reaction for each of the following galvanic cells:
(d) Pt(s)|O2(g)|H+(aq)||OH-(aq)|O2(g)|Pt(s)

If you look at the solution manual, why is the anode reaction the one with the larger Eknot? I thought the cell potential had to be positive, so we would make the larger Eknot the cathode?

Re: 14.11 (d)

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:05 pm
by Selina_Han_3I
Cell potentials can be negative, which indicate that the reactions are not spontaneous.