Adding an inert electrode? 6L.5b

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Michelle Song 1G
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Adding an inert electrode? 6L.5b

Postby Michelle Song 1G » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:44 pm

How do you know when you have to add another element that's not given in the equation into the cell diagram? The solutions manual says that "an inert electrode such as Pt is necessary when both oxidized and reduced species are in the same solution" but I don't understand what that means and how you can tell.

Rebecca Altshuler 1D
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Re: Adding an inert electrode? 6L.5b

Postby Rebecca Altshuler 1D » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:44 pm

I know that the reason you need an inert electrode is so you can have an electron transfer between the reactants and products without affecting the overall reaction. I think you might just need to recognize inert conductors (like platinum) because the notation looks the same.

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