Standard Potential E  [ENDORSED]

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Natassia Dunn 3G
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Standard Potential E

Postby Natassia Dunn 3G » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:13 pm

Why does the Standard Potential E always have to be positive when talking about galvanic cells?

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Re: Standard Potential E  [ENDORSED]

Postby Joyce Wu 3E » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:07 pm

In a galvanic cell, the standard potential E is positive to indicate that the oxidation-reduction reaction is a spontaneous reaction for reduction at the cathode and oxidation at the anode. If it is negative, then it would not be an effective "battery" since it does not spontaneously produce e-

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