Final Exam 2014 - Q3A

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Final Exam 2014 - Q3A

Postby Alexis Elliott 1J » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:30 pm

For this question we have to choose from a list of elements that we should use for a galvanic cell. I am confused as to how we would choose the correct elements and why 5 were chosen. I would think that max you would need 3.

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Re: Final Exam 2014 - Q3A

Postby Chem_Mod » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:36 pm

You would be given a list of reduction potentials for all of the components and would need to compare the voltage of the total cell for the different possible combinations to find the one that gives the highest cell potential/voltage. For this example the Zn(s) and would be your anode source and then using the two aqueous Fe solutions you would then need a metal electrode which is where the Pt(s) comes in. Generally speaking you would likely need at least 4 things (2 compounds for your anode and 2 compounds for the cathode).

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Re: Final Exam 2014 - Q3A

Postby Vincent Tse 2B » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:05 am

You would want to choose elements that will give you the highest possible voltage by looking at their corresponding half-reactions.

I found this post to be very helpful: viewtopic.php?t=5476

Hope it clarifies things!

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