galvanic vs electrolytic

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galvanic vs electrolytic

Postby Hyein Cha 2I » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:42 pm

So what exactly is the difference between galvanic cell and electrolytic cell?

Anna Li 2E
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Re: galvanic vs electrolytic

Postby Anna Li 2E » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:49 pm

According to the textbook a galvanic cell is used to produce electricity while an electrolytic cell uses an electrical current to cause a chemical change however they both are electrochemical cells which is defined as “a system consisting of two electrodes in contact with an electrolyte.”

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Re: galvanic vs electrolytic

Postby Naomi Jennings 2H » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:49 pm

An electrolytic cell is a cell where an electric current drives a nonspontaneous reaction. A galvanic cell is an electrochemical cell where a spontaneous reaction is used to create an electric current.

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Re: galvanic vs electrolytic

Postby Naomi Jennings 2H » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:50 pm

Oops sorry didn't see someone else commented.

Kayla Danesh 1F
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Re: galvanic vs electrolytic

Postby Kayla Danesh 1F » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:50 pm

A galvanic cell converts chemical energy into electrical energy; an electrolytic cell drives a non-spontaneous redox reaction through the application of electrical energy.


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