Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:41 pm
How does a positive standard reduction potential indicate that reduction is spontaneous? Is there a specific reason? And if the standard reduction potential is negative, does that mean oxidation is spontaneous?
Re: Spontaneous Reduction
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:26 am
It is summed up very well in the course reader on page 49, but essentially we know that deltaGo=-nFEo, and from the previous chapter, when deltaG is negative, the reaction is spontaneous, which means that Eo is always positive when deltaG is negative.