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Midterm 2013 #7

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:26 pm
by 904564128
The first part of this question that requires you to calculate the cell potential does not make sense to me. The cell potential of the cathode (the half equation involving Br2) is positive, which makes sense, however the cell potential for the anode (Mn2+ equation) should have the sign of its given cell potential reversed (from +1.49V to -1.49V) since the equation is reversed. However, when the final cell potential is calculated, the equation is not E = (+1.07V) - (-1.49V) = +2.56V. Is the solution incorrect or have I misunderstood how to solve for E?

Re: Midterm 2013 #7

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:29 pm
by navessor
Because the reaction is already reversed in the "given," it is unnecessary to use the equation E = Cathode - Anode. You can instead just add the two equations together to get Ecell.

Re: Midterm 2013 #7

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:56 pm
by 904564128
Then when is the equation ever used?

Re: Midterm 2013 #7

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:27 pm
by rebeccawaggoner 1H
If you use the equation Ecathode - Eanode, you dont flip the sign of the anode, you leave it positive. If you flip the sign of the anode, then you should add the two cell potentials.