Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:50 pm
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?
Re: Inert Conductors
Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:04 pm
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.