Clarifying what a voltaic cell is  [ENDORSED]

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Clarifying what a voltaic cell is

Postby Simone Seliger 1C » Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:47 pm

I just want to get clarification on a voltaic cell: is it the method/diagram used in electrolysis? Where electrical energy is being converted to chemical energy?

I am aware that a galvanic cell converts chemical energy into electrical energy, but the terminology of voltaic and electrolytic cell gets jumbled and lost as we went through the topic.

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Re: Clarifying what a voltaic cell is  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:55 pm

A voltaic cell (aka a galvanic cell), the electrons flow from anode (negative), to the cathode (positive). An electrolytic cell uses electricity to reverse this flow so that the the electrons flow from cathode to anode so the anode is positive and the cathode is negative.

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