max potential in Galvanic Cell

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Lindsey Chheng 1E
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max potential in Galvanic Cell

Postby Lindsey Chheng 1E » Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:57 pm

in the notes for the galvanic cell, it says that max potential is when "very little current flows". What does this mean?

MaggieHan1L
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Re: max potential in Galvanic Cell

Postby MaggieHan1L » Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:40 pm

I think that this was when Professor Lavelle was talking about the switch being opened

Charisse Vu 1H
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Re: max potential in Galvanic Cell

Postby Charisse Vu 1H » Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:45 pm

But why is it that the maximum potential of the cell is when the switch is closed (very little current flowing)? What exactly does "maximum potential" mean?

Aarja Pavade 1H
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Re: max potential in Galvanic Cell

Postby Aarja Pavade 1H » Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:49 pm

The potential difference is concerned with electron flow between the electrodes, so I believe that the current flow is in reference to the electron flow. Thus, when there is "very little current flow" I think it means that there is little electron flow and the cell is at its maximum potential.

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Re: max potential in Galvanic Cell

Postby 205405339 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:01 pm

I think when current flows, the voltage decreases as electrons flow thus why max potential is when the switch is open


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