## neg vs pos

annikaying
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### neg vs pos

What does it mean for voltage to be negative verses positive?

JonathanS 1H
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### Re: neg vs pos

If voltage is positive, we have a galvanic cell which creates a flow of e- from the anode to the cathode. If we have negative voltage, we have a flow of e- from cathode to anode, which means we do not have a working cell.

Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k
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Also, if the voltage is negative, it will not spontaneously react, however, if you add a current to the reactions (adding energy) it can still proceed.

Robert Tran 1B
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If the voltage of the cell is negative, then the cell does not have a spontaneous reaction in the specified direction.

sarahsalama2E
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A negative cell voltage -- reaction will occur spontaneously but in the opposite direction as compared to the forward.
A positive cell voltage--reaction will occur spontaneously.

Anisha Chandra 1K
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A positive voltage is associated with a positive Ecell, which means that a reaction has more pushing and pulling power to generate a high potential difference.

Gabriella Bates 2L
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If the voltage is positive, the reaction will occur spontaneously, and therefore creates a working battery. If the voltage is negative, the reaction does no occur spontaneously, and therefore does not create a working battery.

Noe BM 1J
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For the first part of your answer, this means that the reaction will not occur spontaneously in the forward reaction, right?

sarahsalama2E wrote:A negative cell voltage -- reaction will occur spontaneously but in the opposite direction as compared to the forward.
A positive cell voltage--reaction will occur spontaneously.

Emil Velasco 1H
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Positive voltage = spontaneous reaction
Negative voltage = nonspontaneous reaction

Bryce Barbee
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I believe that it relates to if the process is spontaneous. If negative, then it is not spontaneous. If positive, it is spontaneous.