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Cell Diagrams

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:55 pm
by Jeremiah Samaniego 2C
For cell diagrams, how do you know when the anode should be on the left side and cathode on the right side versus cathode on the left side and anode on the right side?

Re: Cell Diagrams

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:16 pm
by John Huang 1G
I don't believe it matters, as long as you indicate which way the electrons are moving and what substances are being formed/used. Usually you would put the anode half reaction (oxidation) on the left side and the cathode half reaction (reduction) on the right side.

Re: Cell Diagrams

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:10 am
by David Minasyan 1C
My TA was telling us that when we do the cell diagrams, the anode goes on the left and then the cathode on the right by convention.

Re: Cell Diagrams

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:35 pm
by RyanTran2F
Yea I think the book also always had the anode on the left and the cathode on the right (similar to how it is in the galvanic cell picture)