Interpreting cell diagram

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Interpreting cell diagram

Postby 005199302 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:41 pm

If given a cell diagram such as this:

Ag(s) I AgI(S) I I-(aq) II....

How would I know if Ag + I make up the reactants or the products for the anode half reaction of the cell?

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Re: Interpreting cell diagram

Postby LorenzoDuvergne3I » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:46 pm

Cell diagrams always write the left portion of the battery, the anode, first. So, our product has to have silver in a state with a higher charge (Anode has the oxidation reaction). If Ag is becoming AgI, its charge goes from neutral to +1. As a result, we know that AgI has to be our product.
Hope this helps!

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