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Inert Conductors

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:50 pm
by Julia_Gordon_2A
Could someone please explain why we use Platinum as an inert conductor and how we know when to do so? Also, if Pt is included in the cell diagram, is it also included in the half reactions?
Thanks!

Re: Inert Conductors

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:04 pm
by Mindy Zhang 3F
We use inert conductors when both the reactant and product of a redox half reaction are in solution. Platinum is the most common inert conductor by far. Pt is included in the cell diagram, but is not included in the half reactions since Pt is inert, meaning it doesn't participate in the reaction.